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.
Clean Disruption of Energy & Transportation
Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Rt 12A, Plainfield
This film will show how exponentially improving technologies such as solar, energy storage, electric vehicles, and self-driving cars will change the energy and transportation industries as we know it. It is a very interesting video that I’m sure will give you a lot to think about.
Tony Seba argues that electric vehicle, battery storage, and solar power, along with autonomous vehicles, are a perfect example of a 10x exponential process which will wipe fossil fuels off the market in about a decade.
Seba is a Stanford University futurist who spent the last decades studying technological disruptions. He is the author of several books, including most recently Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030, and Solar Trillions: 7 Market and Investment Opportunities in the Emerging Clean-Energy Economy.
He spoke in Boulder, Colorado, where he was awarded the 2017 Sunshine Award by Clean Energy Action (cleanenergyaction.org). Filmed and edited by Martin Voelker with the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (cres-energy.org)
TonySeba.com – RethinkX.com
Date and Location to be announced
This winter, Plainfield and Cornish are teaming up with Vital Communities, NH Saves, and home energy contractors to help you save money and stay warm by weatherizing your home.
Cost-effective weatherization projects include air sealing & insulation. NH Saves estimates that installing efficiency upgrades can save 20% or more on annual energy costs. And the leakiest homes may be eligible for extra assistance.
Sign up to learn more here
Plainfield Energy Committee Update
WHEREAS, climate change poses a major threat to the health and livelihood of New Hampshire’s communities and towns, with impacts as wide-ranging as increased flooding, drought, reduced water supply, forest fires, habitat loss, and the ever increasing inroads by invasive species; and
WHEREAS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that 2015 was the warmest year since recordkeeping began, and that all ten of the warmest years on record have occurred since 1998; and
WHEREAS, climate change, if unchecked, will have ever increasing impacts on human health, natural systems, wildlife and infrastructure, creating mounting costs for individuals, communities, businesses and local governments; and
WHEREAS, climate change has had a disproportionate impact on low income families and the most disadvantaged members of our communities; and
WHEREAS, the solutions to climate change present economic opportunities in clean energy, efficient technology, and low-carbon products and services, all of which can create jobs across New Hampshire and in our town; and
WHEREAS, cities and towns have a major impact on carbon emissions through land use planning, transportation systems, building codes, and services such as providing clean drinking water, wastewater treatment plants, and building energy use, and
WHEREAS, city and town governments have both a unique opportunity and responsibility to implement programs that result in real emissions reductions; and
WHEREAS, many local and regional entities are transitioning to low-carbon energy sources, and New Hampshire businesses can be leaders in providing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and services;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Select Board of the Town of Plainfield is committed to taking such local actions as are within its purview to limit global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, the target set forth in the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Select Board of the Town of Plainfield stands ready to join with other communities and towns across the state, to provide the leadership and resources at the local level that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect our most vulnerable residents from the impacts of climate change, and reap the benefits of the transition to a clean energy economy.
It will be placed in the town records and is available for public viewing at the Town Office.
1. The new NEM rate begins on September 1, 2017. May be later if utilities can't update their billing systems in time to reflect the new NEM regime. Customers must be given 30 days notice in advance of the new rate start date.
2. Grandfathering - all existing NEM systems are still grandfathered through 2040. NEW systems (under new rate) also grandfathered through 2040.
3. Small systems ≤100 kW are still credited monthly at 100% of retail energy and transmission charges but only 25% of distribution charge; the customer will receive monetary bill credits instead of kWh credits (allowing cash payment if customer moves or annual credit balance exceeds $100)
4. Large systems >100kW are still credited monthly at the default energy rate; bill credits now monetary instead of kWh.
5. All customer-generators must pay non-bypassable charges (system benefits, stranded cost recovery, storm recovery) based on full amount of electricity imports without netting exports.
6. Monthly Netting is maintained - all non-bypassable charges are netted on a monthly billing basis still.
7. Value of DER Study: Eversource must perform a marginal cost of service study within twelve months (of Order date) to inform the Value of DER study. Value of DER study will focus on solar and small hydro and use a 10-15 year framework for the analysis. Staff will direct/manage the study, hire a consultant to help perform it, and will begin by convening a workgroup to develop scope of study within two months' time of this Order.
8. Statewide Cap- No new cap was set (so effectively the cap has been removed).
9. Pilots - Four pilot programs are approved, including: Time-of-Use (Eversource and Unitil only), shared bill credits for low/moderate income customers, Real-Time-Pricing for one municipality (Lebanon), and a non-wires alternative pilot.
10. 20% Onsite Use - If a customer-generator uses at least 20% of the system generation onsite, they can receive the group net metering rates without registering as a group host and going through the GNM protocol with the PUC, etc.
Kate Epson of NHSEA has analyzed the PUC Net Metering decision and her calculations show that a residential net metering customer would be credited at 80% of the current rate for every excess kWhr they generate onto the grid. An important point is that if you consume all your generation on a monthly basis, then you are still getting a 1:1 credit. However, your excess generation (e.g. in the summer) on a monthly basis is monetized (dollar credit, not kWh credit), and you are only credited at 80% of what you pay.
The new rate is slated to begin on September 1, or later if the utilities cannot update their billing systems by then. Our message to people who want to install solar is still to do it by September if they can, but you may have until the end of the year (or later) depending on the prowess of the utility software development group.
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.
Clean Energy Success Stories
Business owners share clean energy success stories
In New Hampshire, the clean energy economy is at a crossroads. On one hand, the legislature and governor remain ambivalent at best about clean energy and its role in our state moving forward. But local businesses are confident that renewable energy and energy efficiency choices already are making a positive impact. And many are calling for clean energy policies in the state to be strengthened.
Businesses are growing, competing, and thriving in the Granite State with the help of existing clean energy policies: manufacturers; restaurants; construction companies and hotels; advanced manufacturing facilities; and Main Street mom and pops are investing in their competitive future with clean energy.
Two videos describing these enlightening policies can be seen at: EDF Energy Exchange.
190 Fortune 500 Companies Save $3.7 Billion a Year by Taking Climate Action
A growing number of Fortune 500 companies are taking increasingly ambitious steps to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, procure more renewable energy and reduce their energy bills through energy efficiency.
Sixty-three percent of Fortune 100 companies have set one or more clean energy targets. Nearly half of Fortune 500 companies—48 percent—have at least one climate or clean energy target, up five percent from an earlier 2014 report. Accompanying this growth is rising ambition, with significant numbers of companies setting 100 percent renewable energy goals and science-based green house gas reduction targets that align with the global goal of limiting global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius.
Findings from the report, "Power Forward 3.0: How the largest U.S. companies are capturing business value while addressing climate change", are based on 2016 company disclosures to CDP, which holds the world's largest collection of self-reported corporate environmental data and other public sources.
- 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 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 final report can be found here.
The Energy 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 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.