Information Resources for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
This list is a starting point for anyone interested in pursuing a residential or commerical energy efficiency or renewable energy project, or for anyone interested in participating in local efforts to support that work. Each site has a wealth of information and tips, and each site offers a regular email newsletter or update to stay abreast of new developments within the Ammonoosuc Region, the North Country and Upper Valley, New Hampshire, or the US overall.
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Major Governmental and Non-profit Organizations in New Hampshire
NH Department of Resources and Economic Development,
Division of Economic Development
Division of Economic Development
Carmen Lorentz, Director
The Local Energy Working Group (LEWG) was formed in September, 2011 to support and include the energy work of Local Energy Committees/Commissions, Municipalities and Schools. This is an open and inclusive ad hoc group that welcomes new members willing to dig in on solving our energy issues collaboratively.
NH Office of Energy and Planning
The Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) is part of the Executive Department within the Office of the Governor. Among its many responsibilities, the OEP is responsible for promoting energy efficiency and reducing energy costs, supporting programs for residents, state government buildings, businesses and industry, and schools and towns and exploring opportunities to expand the use of renewable, domestic energy resources such as biomass, wind and solar energy.
NH Public Utilities Commision - Sustainable
The Sustainable Energy Division was created in 2008 to assist the Commission in implementing specific state legislative initiatives focused on promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency and to advance the goals of energy sustainability, affordability and security. The Division aids the Commission in administering the Renewable Energy Fund (see Puc Rule 2507; see also HB873) and the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Fund (See Puc Rule 2604; see also HB1434). These funds finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and initiatives across New Hampshire.
The Commission works closely with the state’s Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy (EESE) Board to promote and coordinate energy efficiency and sustainable energy programs. The EESE Board provides advice to the Commission on the administration and allocation of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Fund and the Renewable Energy Fund are administratively attached to the Commission.
The Division is also charged with managing the statewide energy code program for residential and commercial buildings and setting energy efficiency standards for certain appliances, such as water dispensers, commercial hot food holding cabinets and furnaces (in the event the state is not pre-empted by federal standards).
NH Sustainable Energy Association
NHSEA's mission is to educate NH citizens, businesses, and organizations about sustainable energy and to advocate in NH for favorable sustainable energy policies. Our members are greatly concerned about the energy future: finite natural resources, the rising costs of imported fossil fuels, and the urgency surrounding climate change adaptation and mitigation. Limiting our energy use, becoming more efficient with that which we do use, and substituting the remainder with renewable resources that are found right here in New Hampshire are viable solutions for today's and tomorrow's energy challenges.
Local and Regional Organizations
North Country Council
Founded in 1973, North Country Council (NCC) is the regional planning agency serving 51 communities and 25 unincorporated places in the northern third of New Hampshire. It is the mission of North Country Council to encourage effective community and regional planning for the development of economic opportunity and the conservation of natural, cultural and economic resources. This is accomplished by providing information, regional advocacy, technical assistance, community education, and direct service to the region, its organizations, and political subdivisions. Department of Resources and Economic Development | © State of NH 20
Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG)
SERG, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2002, helps Vermont and New Hampshire homeowners and towns use less energy save money and protect the environment through education, outreach and community organizing. We help form, consult with and offer support to Town Energy Committees and educate homeowners throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
Founded in 1974, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is today the region’s leading membership organization promoting sustainable energy practices in the built environment. We as professionals in the fields of renewable energy and building embrace whole systems thinking as the path to sustainability. Headquartered in Greenfield, MA, NESEA (we say it “NESS-e”) operates primarily in the northeastern United States—the six New England states plus New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.
Major Governmental, Non-profit and Media Organizations Nationwide
US Department of Energy, Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Energy (EERE) is at the center of creating
the clean energy economy today. EERE leads
the U.S. Department of Energy's efforts to
develop and deliver market-driven solutions
for energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing;
sustainable transportation; and renewable
The U.S. Department of Energy and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center collaborate to develop and support DSIRE, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency. Although the current database is a heavily used tool today, a new, modernized DSIRE is under construction. The new version of DSIRE will offer significant improvements over the current version, including expanded data accessibility and an array of new tools for site users. The new DSIRE site will be available in December 2014.
Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)
The Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) is an association of businesses working to make energy secure, clean, and affordable.
Green Energy Times
Green Energy Times is designed, utilizing 100% solar, off-grid with a 3.8 kW PV system. We are a people’s paper, published by a passionate band of Vermonters whose mission is to create radical Energy Awareness, Understanding and Independence. We reach out to Businesses, Communities and Individuals, as we move into an energy independent future.
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