We want to hear from you! Attend an upcoming public information session on Jan. 26 at 12:00 pm or 6:30 pm to hear the results of the Community Power Survey and get a preview of the draft Community Power Plan. The draft plan will be made available to the public on February 5, 2021. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan. 26 Public Information Sessions
The City of Keene and the Community Power Committee are seeking input from residents, businesses, and property owners on the goals, features, and benefits of a Community Power program for Keene.
We want to hear from you! Please attend an information session on Jan. 26. to hear the results of the survey and get a preview of the draft Community Power Plan. The draft plan will be available for public review and comment for one month following the public meetings.
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What is Community Power?
Under NH RSA 53-E, municipalities can pool a community's total energy needs to make a bulk purchase of electricity.
Community Power is a way for cities to get more energy from renewable resources, while possibly helping ratepayers save money on their energy bills, too. Listen to this audio guide to learn more about how Community Power programs work and how Keene could benefit.
"We’re buying the electricity in bulk for the entire city. The city basically does that for your water. Why can’t they do it for your electricity?"
--Denis MacDougall, City of Medford, Mass.
Frequently asked questions
What is Community Power?
How would Community Power help Keene?
How would I participate in Community Power?
Keene residents who currently receive Eversource’s default energy supply would be automatically enrolled in the CPP. You’d get a notification from the City in the mail to let you know about this change.
How would I pay my bill?
You’d still pay your electricity bill to Eversource, just like before.
Would I be obligated to participate in Community Power?
No. You could opt out of the CPP at any time, without incurring a fee or penalty. This means you would continue to buy energy from Eversource or a competitive supplier.
Would I be charged a higher delivery rate?
No. The source of your energy doesn't influence the price of energy delivery.
On June 18, 2020, the Keene City Council approved the formation of an Ad-Hoc Community Power Committee (CPC).
What is the role of the CPC?
The CPC is charged with developing an electric aggregation plan for the citizens of Keene.
Carole Collins of Greenfield, Mass., tells us how Greenfield ratepayers are saving money and meeting their sustainability goals with their community power program. Listen to the interview.