In order to transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2030, there needs to be a cost effective plan that all residents have access to regardless of income. In other words, we cannot ask everyone to buy solar panels for their homes. Fortunately, the New Hampshire legislature passed the Community Power Law (SB 286) last fall.
Community power can be an energy game-changer that gives local communities control over their energy supply. The law enables municipalities to purchase and provide electricity for their residents and businesses on a competitive basis. In other words, local governments are able to buy electricity in bulk at wholesale rates from electricity suppliers, while utilities continue to distribute electricity. This style of local, bulk purchasing, known as Community Choice Aggregation in many states, is called Community Power in NH. Among other benefits, community power can enable towns to prioritize renewable energy, lower electricity costs for individuals, and harness private sector innovation. Check out Community Power New Hampshire’s FAQ & Overview of Community Power to learn the ins and outs of implementing community power or visit MonadnockSustainabilityHub.org for more information.
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