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Renewable Energy Glossary

A guide to terms and concepts

  • What is Community Power?
    In a Community Power program (CPP), a municipality pools the town’s total energy demand and makes a bulk purchase of electricity for residents and businesses. Eversource is the utility that delivers energy to Keene. Eversource also buys energy on behalf of customers, too. With a CPP, Eversource would still deliver energy to Keene, but the City (not Eversource) would buy energy in bulk for residents and businesses.
  • How would Community Power help Keene?
    1. More Local Choice: Keene would have more control over its energy mix, where it comes from, and how rates are set. 2. Supporting Keene’s Energy Goals: Because a CPP would give Keene control of its energy portfolio, Keene could choose to buy more energy from renewable sources. This can help Keene meet the goals of its 2019 Sustainable Energy Resolution. 3. Savings: Community Power may help Keene ratepayers save money. A CPP allows a municipality to choose when it buys energy, so Keene could potentially buy energy at a lower rate than Eversource’s default rate. Lower electricity rates mean lower electricity bills.
  • 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.
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