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 public hearings on March 30.

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 and the Community Power Committee are seeking input from residents, businesses, and property owners on the Community Power plan, which will be published on this website on February 5th.

Tuesday, March 30, 12pm – 1pm

Use the link us02web.zoom.us/j/89759694417 or go to http://www.zoom.us/join and enter the Meeting ID: 897 5969 4417. If you are unable to attend the meeting online, you may listen to the meeting by calling the toll-free # (888) 475-4499 and entering the Meeting ID listed above.

Tuesday, March 30, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Use the link us02web.zoom.us/j/82201622577 or go to http://www.zoom.us/join and enter the Meeting ID: 822 0162 2577. If you are unable to attend the meeting online, you may listen to the meeting by calling the toll-free # (888) 475-4499 and entering the Meeting ID listed above.

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

The City is inviting the community to review the draft plan and the short summary and provide feedback by email, through the contact form below or in a public hearing held on March 30.

Approve

Once the public feedback and review process has finished, the draft plan will be voted on by the Community Power Committee. Once the CPC approves the plan, the final review and approval will be taken up by the City Council. That final step will take place after the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) releases their regulations for CP 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 CP 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.