On October 1, 2021, Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire incorporated with thirteen municipal members and 1 county Member. Coalition Membership is open to all New Hampshire cities, towns, counties and regionally operated Community Power Aggregations.
Hanover Community Power
On January 25th, 2021, Hanover became the first New Hampshire community to join the Coalition when its select board voted to authorize entering into the Joint Powers Agreement (Item 4). Refer to Sustainable Hanover for more information.
Lebanon Community Power
Exeter Community Power
On May 10, 2021, the Exeter Select Board voted to enter into the Joint Powers Agreement and join the Coalition (Item 6.b).
On May 11, 2021, the Nashua Board of Alderman voted to enter into the Joint Powers Agreement and join the Coalition (page 18). Refer to the City’s Electric Aggregation Committee for additional information.
At its Annual Town Meeting held May 22, 2021, the Town of Harrisville voted to adopt the Harrisville Community Power Electric Aggregation Plan, becoming the first Town in New Hampshire to do so. On May 28, the Harrisville Select Board voted unanimously to enter into the Joint Powers Agreement and join the Coalition. Refer to the towns website for additional information.
Rye Community Power
On June 14, 2021, the Rye Select Board voted unanimously enter into the Joint Powers Agreement and join the Coalition.
Dover Community Power
On July 14, 2021, the Dover City Council voted unanimously enter into the Joint Powers Agreement and join the Coalition (Item 13. B. 2.).
Warner Community Power
On July 20, 2021, the Warner Select Board voted unanimously to enter into the Joint Powers Agreement and join the Coalition (Item II. A.).
Walpole Community Power
On July 22, 2021, the Walpole Select Board voted unanimously to enter into the Joint Powers Agreement and join the Coalition (page 2).
Newmarket Community Power
On August 18, 2021, the Newmarket Town Council voted unanimously to enter into the Joint Powers Agreement and join the Coalition.
Plainfield Community Power
On August 18, 2021, the Plainfield Select Board voted unanimously to enter into the Joint Powers Agreement and join the Coalition.
Cheshire Community Power
On August 25, 2021, Cheshire County voted unanimously to enter into the Joint Powers Agreement and join the Coalition.
Durham Community Power
On September 27, 2021, Durham Town Council voted unanimously to enter into the Joint Powers Agreement and join the Coalition.
Enfield Community Power
On September 7, 2021, the Enfield Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to enter into the Joint Powers Agreement and join the Coalition.
The Coalition’s ad-hoc “Organizing Group” of municipal officials and staff have been meeting regularly since 2019 to share insights and assess power agency design best practices. (Read more about the process to-date and our team in “Our History”.)
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. After adoption, the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire will be formally established as a Joint Powers Agency under NH RSA 53-A.
Coalition Network & Events
The Coalition maintains a communications network across dozens of New Hampshire towns, cities and counties interested in launching Community Power programs.
The Network has remained engaged throughout our formation process by participating in the Coalition’s Joint Action events and by supporting important state policy initiatives such as the House Bill 315 compromise and regulatory rule development at the Public Utilities Commission.
Community Power Summit (June 2020)
On June 5, 2020, the Organizing Group brought together 86 attendees from over 30 cities, towns and counties across New Hampshire for an interactive, 3-hour discussion on Community Power and the Coalition "joint powers agency" model under development.
The event was open to local elected officials, staff and energy committee members interested in launching Community Power programs — and the municipalities that attended collectively represented ~25% of New Hampshire's default electricity service load.
The event featured a keynote presentation by Girish Balachandran, CEO of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, who explained how municipalities that operate joint powers agencies — like the Coalition — by working together are able to lower costs and provide more innovative services to their Community Power customers.
Watch the introductory overview and keynote below (and download the Summit agenda here):
Coalition Member Candidates Event (March 2021)
As a follow-up to last year's Community Power Summit, over 70 local representatives of municipalities in various stages of exploring Community Power attended the Coalition's "Member Candidates" event on March 18, 2020.
Members of the Organizing Group provided an update regarding the formation process of the agency and discussed key sections of the Coalition Joint Powers Agreement.
Event materials are available for download here.
Roadmap to Community Power
Coalition Support for Electric Aggregation Committees
The Coalition provides support to Electric Aggregation Committees throughout each step in the process required to establish and launch a Community Power program.
The steps required to join the Coalition and establish a Community Power program are listed below, along with the resources that will provided by the Coalition to Member communities:
After the Community Power program is formally established, the Coalition will guide Member communities through each subsequent step required to launch their program and begin serving customers:
Roadmap to Community Power Presentations
Watch our "Roadmap to Community Power" discussion series for community leaders seeking to implement programs in their city or town. Each presentation was followed by a community discussion where attendees networked with peers and asked follow up questions of our Community Power experts.
How to Join the Coalition & Approve a Community Power Program
Our first presentation covered the step-by-step process to join the Coalition and authorize a Community Power program, concluding with an overview of the "next steps" for interested communities to get in touch and receive support from the Coalition. Download the slides here.
Overview of the Coalition's Governance and Business Model
Our second presentation surveyed how other states have implemented Community Power programs (including the two models used in Massachusetts and a case study from California), explained how the Coalition had been designed as a competitive power agency based on these proven industry "best practices", and concluded with a tutorial covering "Energy Portfolio Risk Management" key concepts for interested communities. Download the slides here.