Lebanon Energy & Sustainability Initiatives
Due to overwhelming response, Liberty Utilities has closed the waiting list for Phase 1 of their home battery storage pilot. The Phase 2 waiting list remains open though Liberty has stated it could be at least two years before Phase 2 is implemented. Continue reading...
The City of Lebanon has been upgraded from SolSmart Bronze to Silver designation by the U.S. Department of Energy. This is the result of the D.O.E.’s reconsideration of two key features that the City had already put in place. Continue reading...
On January 19th the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission released an order approving a "first of its kind" battery storage pilot program proposed by Liberty Utilities in 2017. Continue reading...
Learn how to apply for COVER's low-cost home weatherization program. COVER helps insulate water heaters, pipes, box sills, bulkheads, and attic hatches, install window kits, LED lighting, smoke detectors, run blower door tests, and make minor repairs. Continue reading...
Lebanon is the first municipality in New Hampshire, and only the second in northern New England, to receive a Bronze designation from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SolSmart program. Continue reading...
The Irving Institute for Energy and Society at Dartmouth recently announced a $40,000 grant has been awarded to Professor Farid to develop a transactive energy blockchain prototype to enhance the sustainability and resilience of the City's electric grid. Continue reading...
Lebanon has been awarded a University of New Hampshire Sustainability Fellowship for the coming year to undertake its first comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory and develop a protocol going forward to track reduction in greenhouse gas production. Continue reading...
On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, Lebanon was in the news with a short NHPR piece featuring the City’s various energy projects. Continue reading...
- Chapter 13: Energy of the Lebanon Master Plan
- Council Resolution in Support of Paris Climate Agreement
Outcomes & Initiatives
Lebanon has hired its first Energy & Facilities Manager and is diligently working to implement the vision contained in our Energy Plan (as outlined in the City of Lebanon's Master Plan Chapter 13: Energy).
Efforts associated with implementation include, but are not limited to:
- Increasing energy and cost savings for the City
- Working with Liberty Utilities to implement an innovative battery storage program for homeowners and businesses in West Lebanon
- Helping our landfill to capture methane and burn it to provide green electricity for most all City operations
- Improving the energy efficiency of municipal buildings
- Exploring and implementing renewable energy options like solar PV, hydropower, electric vehicles and other alternative transportation
- Crafting policies that promote energy efficiency, financial investment, and new business opportunities
- Converting the City’s streetlights to high-efficiency LED ‘smart’ lights and remove streetlights that are not serving any useful purpose
- Aligning energy initiatives with the City’s Guiding Principles and Principles for Sustainability
- Exploring innovative new models for electricity pricing and distribution (including Community Aggregation* Community Aggregation is an alternative to the investor owned utility energy supply system in which a municipality aggregates the buying power of individual customers within a defined jurisdiction in order to secure alternative energy supply contracts. The CA chooses the power generation source on behalf of the consumers. By aggregating purchasing power, it is able to create large contracts with generators that individual buyers may be unable to do. The main goals of CAs have been to either lower costs for consumers or to allow consumers greater control of their energy mix, mainly by offering "greener" generation portfolios than local utilities.andReal Time Pricing* Real Time Pricing (RTP) is a system of electricity pricing that allows charging higher prices when electric demand is highest, but offers lower prices when demand is low. RTP is expected to reduce actual use during peak demand periods by encouraging consumers to shift their load to off-peak times, often through the use of ‘smart meters.’ Peak demand increases production costs because it drives the need for costly new equipment and RTP makes this transparent.) in collaboration with the NH Public Utilities Commission, neighboring municipalities, and Liberty Utilities. The intention is to provide the municipality, residents and businesses with less expensive and greener power options
- Working with the City Council to achieve its resolution for Lebanon to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals of the Paris Climate Accord: a minimum 26% reduction in emissions by the year 2025
- Monitoring the performance of all the energy programs in the City in order to prioritize future initiatives and planning efforts
The Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee (LEAC) is a subcommittee of the City Council and acts as the public body that is engaged with energy-related efforts. You are encouraged to learn and engage with the City’s energy initiatives and programs by attending LEAC meetings, attending community energy-related events, subscribing to Energy-related news, or meeting personally with our Energy & Facilities Manager, Tad Montgomery.
LEAC meetings occur on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, on the 5th floor of City Hall. Meeting agendas and minutes can be found in the Agendas section of the City’s website. Please contact us if you have ideas, questions, concerns, or just want to plug in.