Members

Coalition membership is open to all towns, cities and counties in New Hampshire seeking to launch Community Power programs.

Members of the Coalition's Organizing Group are in the process of adopting our Joint Powers Agreement, establishing their Community Power programs and forming the agency.

Hanover Community Power

On January 24th, 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. Refer to Sustainable Hanover for more information.

Lebanon Community Power

On February 3, 2021, the Lebanon City Council voted to enter into the Joint Powers Agreement and join the Coalition, becoming the second community to do so. Refer to the City's Energy Advisory Committee for more information.

Nashua Community Power

Refer to the City’s Electric Aggregation Committee for updates on adopting the Joint Powers Agreement.

Cheshire Community Power

Refer to the County’s website for updates on adopting the Joint Powers Agreement.

Organizing Group

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.

 

Clifton Below

City of Lebanon

Assistant Mayor and City Councilor

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Doria Brown

City of Nashua

Energy Manager

Rod Bouchard

Cheshire County

Assistant County Administrator for Special Projects

and Strategic Initiatives

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Julia Griffin

Town of Hanover

Town Manager

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April Salas

Town of Hanover

Chief Sustainability Officer

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.

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Roadmap to Community Power

A Guidebook for Electric Aggregation Committees 

The Coalition is currently drafting a guidebook for municipalities that will cover each step in the process required to establish and launch a Community Power program.

 

Program Approval:

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:

Program Launch:

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:

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