The Plainfield Energy Committee was organized to encourage energy conservation, energy efficiency practices and to promote the use of renewable energy in homes, businesses and public buildings through education and community outreach.
The Energy Committee is open to any and all interested Plainfield residents. The group is fluid and evolving and people can be involved just for one specific project or for all of the work that is done. Contact Evan Oxenham or Steve Ladd if you want to participate.
Our committee works with various organizations such as the UNH Pollution Prevention Program, the EPA, Vital Communities, and local energy providers to promote energy sustainability. Major projects include benchmarking the energy use in Plainfield's municipal buildings, school, and libraries, energy conservation improvements at the Town Office, and Solarize Cornish-Plainfield.
Whats the Big Deal About Carbon? Why should we be interested in where it goes?
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm
at the Plainfield Elementary School Music Room
The first presentation of the Renewable Energy Educational Series
Presented by the Plainfield and Cornish Energy Committees
Tom Lord explains how our use of fossil fuels has disrupted the natural carbon cycle. Fossil fuels which are carbon-rich and were deposited into the ground millions of years ago are now being withdrawn as coal, oil, and natural gas. These are turned into energy and then released into the environment. We only have so much carbon we can spend before it throws the whole natural carbon cycle off kilter. In addition, it raises the carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere. This will warm the planet with important consequences to the climate. Why should we be interested? Let’s learn more and what we can do about it.
There will be a question & answer period following the talk and refreshments! Bring your friends and family. Spread the word!
Tom Lord has 25 years of teaching experience, currently teaching courses in Environmental Chemistry and Inquiry to Science at Kimball Union Academy. He obtained a BA from Dartmouth College and JD from the University of Maryland. He worked as an attorney for the State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources and went on to practice in the Upper Valley working with companies and nonprofits on environmental compliance issues. He also taught at Dartmouth College and coached lacrosse at Hanover High.
Saturday March 25, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
at The Energy Emporium, 78 Main Street, Enfield, NH
The Energy Emporium will be hosting and presenting on three important topics during this workshop: "Net metering" (the current state, grandfathering, and where it is going), "Solar technologies for grid-tied through off-grid systems", and "Solar plus Storage" (adding batteries to solar at home and in small businesses).
If you would like to get more information about this workshop, contact The Energy Emporium at 603-632-1263 or email email@example.com.
Solar Installers Expo
Saturday, April 1, 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm
at the Kilton Library, Lebanon
Act now before Net Metering Tariffs change
• Learn more about PV solar installation options
• Talk with members from area Energy Committees
• Talk to representatives from local solar installation companies
• Sign up for site visits
• Learn about DIY options
Presented by the Plainfield, Cornish, Lebanon and Enfield Energy Committees
(Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information)
Community Solar Workshop
Thursday, April 27, 2017
6:00pm - 7:30pm
at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover
Sustainable Hanover will present Opportunities for Community Solar in New Hampshire
Learn about community solar in New Hampshire and group net metering, legal aspects and funding opportunities for landowners, non-profits and businesses. The presentation and workshop will include a panel discussion and Q&A, with time to meet vendors before and after the presentation.
Co-sponsored by the Plainfield Energy Committee
Click here for more information.
- Click here for a summary of past events.
Plainfield Energy Committee Update
We have been awarded a second Moose Plate grant for $7047 to start the restoration of the 8 large windows and install storm windows over them. We will start with installing the storm windows to provide immediate protection of the windows and allow future restoration to proceed.
Phase I of the Town Hall window restoration project is nearing completion. Seven of the small windows have been fully restored, and the storm windows are installed on the first floor. This work will provide a long term solution to maintain the historical significance of the building while providing enhanced energy conservation.
The NH Division of Historical Resources has published their five year preservation plan which includes the work we've done on our town office building (see page 43 of this document).
We now have data to validate that the energy improvements at the town hall started early in 2013 have dramatic effect on the heating efficiency of this building. Using data compiled since 2007, we see that we used 34% less oil in the past 2 years compared to the previous years. The calculations are based on the number of gallons used per heating degree days over the year, so the variations in temperature are accounted for. We attribute this savings largely to the installation of an indoor/outdoor furnace sensor, programmable thermostats, removal of an unused door and insulating that space, and insulation of hot water pipes. You can see the detailed analysis here or download below in the Reports section.
Members of the Energy Committee continue to meet regularly with the Town Garage Study Committee.
The Plainfield Town Garage Study Committee was formed to:
· advise the Select board on actions needed for maintenance and repair of the PTG.
· identify, define and prioritize necessary maintenance and repair items and formulate a 10 year plan to implement the required work so that the building remains viable for the next 30 to 40 years.
· integrate the concerns of the Plainfield Energy Committee, Conservation Commission, Planning Board and the Town highway crew in this process.
· make recommendations on the necessary steps required to bring the building into compliance with the current building codes and NH State laws.
The latest report can be found here.
Evan Oxenham and Steve Ladd for the Plainfield Energy Committee
- Energy Saving Resources
- We continue to update and add to our online energy conservation information. Check out this valuable information under the Key Resources lins at the top of this page.
- Town Hall Window Restoration Project
- We have been awarded a second Moose Plate grant for $7047 to restore the 8 large windows and install storm windows to protect them. We have been happy with the work Andy Roper from Winn Mountain Restorations has done on the smaller windows and we intend to use him to do Phase II. We decided to add storm windows to all windows to both protect our restoration investment, reduce future maintenance costs and provide additional energy savings.
- Town Garage Energy Efficiency
What started off as a feasibility study on creating our own electricity for the Town Garage using PV Solar panels has expanded into a full engineering assessment of the structure. It is sound practice to examine a roof before considering installing solar panels, and this assessment showed that the roof and trusses are in need of repair or replacement. The engineering assessment also pointed to other potential mechanical and structural improvements that will require further evaluation. This is no real surprise, as the building has not had major maintenance since it was built in 1983. Along with the Plainfield Garage Study Committee, the Energy Committee will continue with this evaluation and also make energy efficiency recommendations from an energy audit conducted in 2012. You can download the Town Highway Garage Energy Audit Report in the Reports section below.
- The committee continues to study the feasibilty of installing solar photovoltaic panels for the town garage to provide all the electricity the garage needs to operate. We now consume 18.8 kW per year at a cost of $2730/yr. The goal of this project is to determine if the town can save money by generating our own electricity to power the town garage.
- Past Projects include:
- Are You Ready for Solar During the first haf of 2016, the Plainfield and Cornish Energy Committees embarked on a second round of Solarize Plainfield-Cornish with educational forums, a vendor expo, open houses and continuing support and advice for home owners wishing to install PV Solar systems in 2016. Materials and referecnces from the seminars can be found here
- In April 2015, the Plainfield and Cornish Energy Committees Installed NH's 39th Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station.
- Solarize Cornish-Plainfield During the summer of 2014, Plainfield 12 Plainfield households added a total of 107 kW of PV solar energy production.
- Energy Report The 2009 Community Energy Challenge Final Report.
- 2009 Town Building Energy Audit Report This is the 2009 Energy Benchmark report for the five town buildings. Detailed reports from 2011/2012 can found below.
Energy Committee Resources and Reports
- Energy Conservation
- Visit this page for energy conservation suggestions.
- Energy Audit Reports Caution: Some files are large! Original documents are available at the Town Office.
- Town Hall in Meriden
- Town Hall Heating Analysis (Download)
- Town Highway Garage
- Philip Read Memorial Library
- Window Restoration
- Window Assessment Report (Download)
- Window Restoration Contractors
- List of Resources about restoration.
- Town Garage
- Structural Engineering Report
- Town Garage Energy Efficiency Improvements Recommendations for 2015. These recommendations were made prior to the formation of the Town Garage Study Committee and are subject to the new group's findings.
- Past Energy Committee Reports
- Town Report for 2014
- Town Report for 2013 (Download)
- Town Report for 2012 (Download)
- Town Report for 2011 (Download)
- Energy Committee Meeting Minutes
- Minutes for 2015
- Minutes for 2014
- Minutes for 2012
- Minutes for 2011
- Minutes for 2009-10
- Community Energy Email Listserv:
- Vital Communities is supporting a discussion group that is open to anyone interested in energy issues. To subscribe, go to: http://lists.valley.net/lists/info/communityenergy
- For further information:
- Contact Evan Oxenham or Steve Ladd.