Executive Committee

 
Clifton Below, Board Chair

Assistant Mayor and Councilor, City of Lebanon

Clifton Below, Assistant Mayor and City Councilor, is the prime author of the Community Power Law (NH RSA 53-E, 2019) and co-authored and sponsored of the nation’s first Electric Utility Restructuring Act (NH RSA 374-F, 1996).

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Clifton 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. 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clifton-below/

 
Christopher Parker, Vice Chair

Deputy City Manager, City of Dover

Christopher Parker is the Assistant City Manager: Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives for the City of Dover New Hampshire. Chris has been employed by the City of Dover in various capacities since 1997, and focuses largely on land use and transportation planning functions with the community development arena.

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Among the projects that Chris has worked on for the City of Dover he is most proud of the McConnell Center a project where a 100,000 square foot former high school was rehabilitated into a human service hub for the Dover community, the development of the State’s first Form Based Code for Dover’s downtown, the development of a proactive customer service based planning and development process in Dover which encourages public participation and education, and a complete revamping of the City’s Capital Improvement’s Program, including multi-media elements to enhance the ability of citizens to understand and participate in this vital link between Dover’s Master Plan and financial policies. 

In addition to his department’s land use and community development responsibilities, Chris supports all municipal departments with strategic planning activities, oversees downtown development/redevelopment projects, and assists the City Manager with special projects and other community initiatives. Chris lives in Dover, and was named the professional planner of the year for both the State of New Hampshire and Northern New England in 2011.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-parker-03a2102/

Kimberly Quirk, Treasurer

Energy Committee, Town of Enfield

Kimberly has her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. After 25 years in high tech industry and entrepreneurial efforts in the Boston area, she started her own solar installation company in 2009 to help address the climate crises. 

 
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In 2019, Kim's company Energy Emporium merged with ReVision Energy, and Kim now serves as the Upper Valley Branch Manager and the storage expert for ReVision company wide.

To get some hands on experience before starting Energy Emporium she renovated a 1850’s home to a zero net energy building which gets all of its heat, hot water, and electricity from the sun. The house has a seasonal thermal storage tank, solar hot water, 10kW of solar PV and battery backup. There are no fossil fuels or combustion in the house. The project won a “Lean & Green” Award from NH Business Magazine in 2012 and Kim has presented the project at the NESEA conference in Boston as well as a number of renewable energy conferences.

Kim is a former chair of the Enfield Energy Committee and the current chair for the Enfield Community Power Plan.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberley-quirk-a4b130/

Doria Brown, Secretary

Energy Manager, City of Nashua

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.

 
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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.

See Doria's presentation on Nashua's Sustainability Goals (begins 17:30), or download the presentation here.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doria-brown-85a78a87/

Sustainability Director, Town of Hanover

April Salas, Hanover Sustainability Director, 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 Salas, Founding Chair

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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. 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/haynes54/