Sustainability

Keene Approves First-in-State Community Power Program

Will Bring Clean, Affordable Electricity to City


Keene, NH — The City Council in Keene unanimously approved the City’s Community Power plan, making Keene the first in the State to achieve the final step in local approval.

“Community Power is an important tool to help us reach our renewable energy goals and I’m excited that Keene is leading the state in the development and approval of a local plan,” said Mayor George S. Hansel. “The development of this program has been a true community effort and we’re looking forward to making it a reality for our City.” 

The City took its first step towards launching a Community Power program in June 2020, when the City Council approved the formation of a Community Power Committee (CPC). In the 11 months since that time, the committee worked with City staff to hire energy consulting team Good Energy and Standard Power to help create and launch a Community Power program, develop the program plan based on input from Keene residents and businesses, and secure approval for the plan through both the CPC and the full City Council.

“Community Power will be an important and necessary step that will help us achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2030,” said Peter Hansel, Chair of Keene’s Ad-Hoc Community Power Committee. “I am pleased to see how this program has moved toward implementation swiftly and effectively.”

Community Power is a mechanism by which the City can buy electricity in bulk for residents and businesses, with the goal of increasing the renewable content of the electricity used by the entire City while keeping the supply rate stable and affordable. Keene has been a leader in promoting renewable energy, with a Sustainable Energy Plan that calls for the City to transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy for transportation, heating and cooling by 2050. The Community Power program is a keystone in the City’s Sustainable Energy Plan as it allows the City to add additional renewable electricity to the default supply mix.

At launch, Keene’s program will offer customers four electricity supply products, including the default product and three additional supply options that will range from maximum cost savings to maximum renewable energy. Over time, the Keene Community Power program hopes to incorporate more innovative ideas and partnerships to bring additional cost savings and renewable energy to the City and region at competitive rates.

More information about the program can be found on the program website, KeeneCommunityPower.com.

Community Power was authorized in 2019 by SB 286. Final regulations from the Public Utilities Commission for Community Power programs are expected soon. Keene could launch its Community Power program as early as the end of 2021.

 

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