Keene Community Power

Keene Community Power (CP) is a City-operated group purchasing program that pools the electric use of residents, businesses, non-profits, and property owners to provide competitively priced electricity options. The program offers Keene electricity customers with a City-vetted alternative to Eversource’s default service and other third party electricity suppliers.

Eversource continues to deliver electricity and manage all billing. The only change will be the source and cost of electricity supply, chosen by the City of Keene through a competitive bidding process. The program is part of a larger effort to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

The Community Power Draft Plan

The City has developed a draft plan (with a short summary) for the CP program and would like your input. The plan will be discussed at the meeting of the Finance, Organization and Personnel Committee on April 22 and then return to the full city council for a vote at a later date.

Keene Community Power will play a key role in achieving the City’s renewable energy goals for 2030 and 2050, as identified in the Keene Sustainable Energy Plan. The program also seeks to support the City’s goals for equity, energy efficiency, job creation, and climate resilience and preparedness. 

Meetings

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GET INVOLVED

The City of Keene is in process of developing the Keene Community Power plan, which was approved by the Community Power Committee on April 8th.

To stay up to date on the program’s progress, sign up for email notifications from the city.

Thursday, April 22, 6:30pm

Finance, Organization and Personnel Committee will review the draft plan.

To join the webinar, please click the link: us02web.zoom.us/j/89649301207
If you are unable to attend the meeting online, you may call the toll-free #1-877-853-5257 and enter the Webinar ID#: 896 4930 1207. When the meeting is open for public comment, callers may press *9 if interested in commenting or asking questions. To report a technical issue, call 603-757-0622 during the meeting.

Next steps

After deliberation, the Finance, Organization and Personnel Committee will make a recommendation and return the plan to the full City Council for a vote. (Date to be determined and posted here).

When the Community Power Plan is approved by the City Council, it will no longer be in Draft form. The City Council could make changes to the plan at a later date as needed and as the program evolves to serve the energy vision of Keene.

Community Power Plan Timeline

Start

Keene’s path to a Community Power program started in mid-2020 with the formation of the Community Power Committee (CPC).

The CPC has been meeting since July 2020 to develop a Community Power plan with input from the citizens of Keene.

Survey

The City of Keene ran a survey for one month in December 2020 and early January 2021 to gather input on the program benefits and features that would best meet the needs of Keene residents and businesses. Over 120 responses to this survey were received, and overall, the responses indicate that there is strong support for a program that provides more renewable energy at a competitive price. View a summary of the survey results.

Review

While the formal review process has finished, the City is still inviting the community to review the draft plan and the short summary and provide feedback by email or through the contact form below.

Approve

The Community Power Committee has voted to approve the plan on April 8th, 2021. The plan is now under review with the Finance, Operations and Personnel committee and will be discussed at their next meeting. The FOP committee will make a recommendation to the full City Council on the draft plan. If the City Council approves the draft plan, the final step – program launch – can take place only after the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) releases their regulations for Community Power programs in the state.

We want to hear from you!

As the City works to develop the Community Power plan and subsequent program, input from the residents, business owners and other ratepayers is essential in developing a comprehensive and equitable solution. As such, we invite you to submit comments and and questions about the Community Power plan using the form below.

Comments and Feedback

SUBMIT A COMMENT

MORE WAYS TO SUBMIT FEEDBACK

You can also send an email to Mari Brunner, Planner at the City of Keene, Community Development department at communitydevelopment@ci.keene.nh.us or call 603-352-5440. Written comments can also be sent to:

City of Keene
Community Development
3 Washington Street,
Keene, NH 03431

CONTACT

City of Keene
3 Washington Street,
Keene, NH 03431
communitydevelopment@ci.keene.nh.us
603-352-5440

EMAIL UPDATES

Sign up for email updates from the city of Keene about the Community Power program: go to the email updates page and select Community Power Program option.