Coalition Organizing Group
Biographies of Organizing Group members whose governing bodies have already approved or are in the process of reviewing the Coalition Joint Powers Agreement are listed below. (See “Our History” for a list of all of our group members and advisors.)
City of Lebanon
Clifton Below, Assistant Mayor and City Councilor
Clifton Below, Assistant Mayor and City Councilor, is the prime author of the Community Power Law (NH RSA 53-E, 2019), also co-authored and sponsored of the nation’s first Electric Utility Restructuring Act (NH RSA 374-F, 1996), joined Lebanon’s City Council in 2015 and chairs the Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee, served as a state Representative (1992-1998), state Senator (1998-2004) and Public Utilities Commissioner (2005-2012), and worked to advance New Hampshire’s interests at the regional and national levels by serving as:
President of the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners (NEPUC);
Vice Chair of the Energy Resources and Environment Committee of the National Association of State Utility Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC);
Board officer of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc. (RGGI);
Member of the Public Advisory Council and Energy Efficiency & Smart Grid Advisory Group of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); and
Member of the Smart Grid & Demand Response Collaborative of NARUC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Clif is leading the development of the Lebanon Community Power program and a Transactive Energy partnership between the City, Dartmouth College and Liberty Utilities, and also represents the City in various Public Utility Commission proceedings (pertaining to Grid Modernization, Net Energy Metering, Liberty Utilities’ residential battery pilot and Time-of-Use rate design, and the Statewide Data Platform proceeding).
Most recently, Clif was invited by Public Utilities Commission staff to lead a series of stakeholder workshops and took the lead in developing draft administrative rules for Community Power Aggregators.
He subsequently led the successful negotiation to re-write House Bill 315 (2021), which adopted language that protects municipal local control authorities, clarifies data access procedures and expanded Community Power authorities to include Purchase of Receivables — a significant credit enhancement that will benefit all Community Power customers and programs.
City of Nashua
Doria Brown, Energy Manager
Doria Brown, Energy Manager, is responsible for the City’s energy procurement, greenhouse gas accounting and energy efficiency projects, and advises Nashua’s Electric Aggregation Committee on Community Power.
She was previously the Sustainability Specialist at Worthen Industries, served as Chairwoman of Nashua’s Environment and Energy Committee, and holds a BS in Environmental Science from Franklin Pierce University.
Rod Bouchard, Assistant County Administrator for Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives
Rod Bouchard serves as senior manager for operational issues with the County. In addition to developing Cheshire Community Power, Rod oversees power procurement and energy retrofit and generation projects for the County’s facilities.
He has over 40 years of private-sector experience in information technologies with firms such as AT&T’s Advanced IP division, Intel On-line Services, The Hartford Insurance Group, and Computer Systems Research of Avon, CT (where he was a principal partner).
Rod also serves on Walpole’s Broadband Committee, where he helped pioneer a model to rapidly finance and deploy high-speed broadband internet services to rural communities in New Hampshire. (Walpole’s first implementation is nearly complete and seventeen new communities are already preparing to vote on adoption this year).
Town of Hanover
Julia Griffin, Town Manager
Julia Griffin, Town Manager, has served as Town Manager since 1996, and spends considerable time working on sustainability and renewable energy programs for the Town as staff for the Sustainable Hanover Committee.
Hanover was New Hampshire’s first community to be designated an EPA Green Power Community (in 2014) and was the first community in the nation to commit — by popular vote — to 100% renewable electricity, thermal and transportation energy by 2050 (in 2017).
To advance its goals, the Town has: registered as a Load Serving Entity (to engage directly in wholesale power transactions in the ISO-NE regional market), run the state’s first green power purchasing program for residents, implemented “Solarize Hanover” and “Weatherize Hanover” campaigns designed to reshape and reduce electricity demand, joined the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), adopted zoning and tax exemptions for rooftop solar systems, and has begun to deploy solar on Town facilities.
April Salas, Chief Sustainability Officer
April Salas, Chief Sustainability Officer, is also the Executive Director at the Revers Center for Energy at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (where she oversees a range of programming and activities related to the transition to sustainable energy).
April serves on and supports the Sustainable Hanover Committee and advises the Town on Community Power Aggregation and strategic pathways to accomplish the Town’s 100% Renewable by 2050 goal, clean energy project and services solicitations and Power Purchase Agreement negotiations, and project management oversight. She also represents the Town’s interests in Public Utility Commission proceedings, most recently the Statewide Data Platform (docket DE 19-197).
She has nearly two decades of public and private sector experience in energy finance and market analysis, power delivery and smart grid infrastructure, sustainability and reliability, and the integration of new technologies into the electric power system. Prior to joining Dartmouth College, April was the Director of the White House and U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Task Force Secretariat — which comprehensively evaluated and provided recommendations to modernize all aspects of the US electric power system.