Keep up to date about Community Power here or by calling a committee member. Last updated, 11/23/2021

Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire Incorporates, 1 Oct

CPCNH incorporators met on October 1, 2021, to adopt the corporation by-laws and conduct the inaugural regular meeting of Board of Directors of CPCNH. Harrisville will be represented on the CPCNH Board by Andrea Hodson (Director) and Andrew Maneval (Alternate). The Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire is a non-profit corporation established on 10/1/21 to operate as a governmental instrumentality pursuant to a Joint Powers Agreement in accordance with NH RSA 53-A and RSA 53-E entered into by a number of NH towns, cities, and a county, effective October 1, 2021. Learn more about CPCNH here.

Select Board votes to join CPCNH, May 28, 2021

Following the Town Meeting vote to authorize our Community Power Plan, the Select Board voted to join the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire. Membership will afford the Town access to the Coalition’s expertise and experience; reciprocal relationships with other member towns; and, a single-voice platform at the Legislature and Public Utilities Commission on public advocacy issues related to energy and Community Power. Read more about the Coalition, here.

Town Votes to Authorize Community Power at Town Meeting, May 22, 2021

Town Meeting Minutes

Warrant Article 08: Community Power: To see if the Town will vote to adopt the Harrisville Community Power Electric Aggregation Plan, TM-05-22-2021, which authorizes the Select Board to develop and implement Harrisville Community Power as described therein (pursuant to RSA 53-E:7). [Recommended by the Select Board. Majority vote required.]

The article was moved and seconded. Jay Jacobs spoke to the passion and dedication of Andrea Hodson and the effort and dedication of all members of the Electric Aggregation Committee to bring this plan forward. Ned Hulbert described the legislative history of the initiative and opportunity for municipalities to aggregate supply of electricity through purchase on the open market. He explained the short and longer term benefits, including cheaper rates and more options for renewable energy options, as well as the opportunity to establish a local energy reserve fund to keep rates stable and enable local investment in renewables. The Select Board would be involved throughout the process and will contract with a supplier in a way that makes the most sense for the town.

Mr. Hulbert, Andrew Maneval and technical expert Henry Herndon answered residents’ questions, including that the costs to the Town would be nothing more than the price of electricity. Participation in the plan is voluntary, with the ability for anyone to opt out at any time, and the ability of the town to terminate at any time. The committee also noted other NH towns’ efforts to embark on Community Power plans. Jay Jacobs emphasized that this is not a guarantee of lower rates but an opportunity for more choice, but the committee noted the SB will solicit bids from several vendors and won’t enter a contract unless the rates are less. While agreeing there is no guarantee, they added that, statistically, this is the case.

Several residents spoke in favor of the plan, emphasizing interest in more control, more competitive rates, more options for renewable energy sources and its fit with the Town’s Master Plan. The committee also confirmed that the infrastructure would continue to be maintained and repaired by Eversource.

Upon a call for a vote from the Moderator, Article 08 passed by voice vote.

Click here to download a copy of the Community Power Electric Aggregation Plan (TM 05-22-2021). The Plan is included in the 2020 Annual Town Report. Copies are also available at Town Hall.

Town Meeting, May 22, 2021

Warrant Article #8: Harrisville Community Power: To see if the Town will vote to adopt the Harrisville Community Power Electric Aggregation Plan, TM-05-22-2021, which authorizes the Select Board to develop and implement Harrisville Community Power as described therein (pursuant to RSA 53-E:7).

Click here to download a copy of the Community Power Electric Aggregation Plan. Copies are also available at Town Hall

Feedback survey #3 aimed to find out residents’ and businesses’ needs and priorities relative to rating community power benefits

During the period leading up to Town Meeting, the Committee offered to schedule small-group information sharing meetings by request rather than scheduling a second Community Conversation. Having submitted the Warrant Article, the team took a break and did not meet after February 8 and ahead of Town Meeting

Topic 3: Community Power Electric Aggregation Plan (v2.0)

Plan v2.0 has since been updated by the Community Power Electric Aggregation Plan (TM 05.22.2021) brought forward to Town Meeting in May 2021

In v2.0, the Electric Aggregation Committee expanded on the benefits of Community Power, how it would be governed by the Select Board, how it would be operated and maintained by a third-party vendor(s)., and elaborated on Net Metering including an Eversource net energy metering overview

Public Hearing #2 was held Feb 4, 2021, @ 7 pm to present and discuss the Community Power Electric Aggregation plan relative to a Warrant Article for discussion and a vote at Town Meeting, Saturday, May 22, 2021

Topic 2: Community Power Electric Aggregation Plan (v1.0)

Public Hearing #1 about Community Power electric aggregation plans and the Plan drafted for discussion was held Dec 10 @ 7pm to explain and discuss it

Feedback Survey #2 aimed to collect input about the Plan

The Committee then updated Plan v1.0 with Plan v2.0 based on community support and further research

Topic 1: Community Power Plans (Sept – Oct 2020)

Information about Community Power Plans is now posted under the “Resources & Documents” section

Q&A with the EAC about Community Power was held Sept 21 @ 6:30 to share what the team was learning about this topic

Feedback Survey #1 aimed to know whether participants thought Community Power was a good idea and why

The Committee received enough support to continue its research and to draft an Electric Aggregation Plan

Community Power Movement & Legislative Updates

Public Meeting Notice: The Finance Committee of the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire will meet on Monday, 29 November 2021, 9-10 am, Stillman Rogers Room (second floor) 12 Court Street, Keene NH. This meeting is open to the public pursuant to RSA 91-A. (Click here for the Zoom link.)

The Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire is a non-profit corporation established on 10/1/21 to operate as a governmental instrumentality pursuant to a Joint Powers Agreement in accordance with NH RSA 53-A and RSA 53-E, between the  Cities of Lebanon, Nashua, and Dover; Cheshire County; and the Towns of Hanover, Harrisville, Exeter, Rye, Warner, Walpole, Plainfield, Newmarket, Enfield, and Durham. For more information please visit www.cpcnh.org/

The Public Utility Commission is starting work on community power rulemaking

Coming Soon: Drastic Rate Increase for Electricity and Natural Gas [methane], Donald Kreis, NH Center for Public Interest Journalism

Keene Community Power webpage, which includes the Keene Community Power Plan

HB315  passed the Legislature and has been signed by the Governor

Community Power Coalition of NH updates, July 2021

Electric Aggregation Committee

Tel: 827-3431 | eac @ harrisvillenh.org

  • Andrea Hodson, Co-Chair  (827 3934)
  • Ned Hulbert, Co-Chair (831 1314)
  • Andrew Maneval (827 3151)
  • John Knight
  • Katie Hamon
  • Sherry Sims

Meeting Schedule & Minutes

The next meeting is planned for 830-9am, Tuesday, Nov 30, @ 10 Main Street, Harrisville

Tap here to download meeting agendas and minutes.