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 Plan

On May 6, the City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Community Power Plan, as approved by the Community Power Committee and as recommended by the Finance, Operation and Personnel Committee.

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. 

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

When the draft plan was released in early February 2021, the City invited public review for nearly two months, including two public hearings on March 30th. The review prompted some revisions, primarily to clarify details of renewable energy sources.

Approve

The Community Power Committee voted unanimously to approve the plan on April 8, 2021. The Plan was then referred to the Finance, Operation and Personnel Committee, which recommended approval to the City Council. On May 6, the Keene City Council unanimously voted to adopt the plan.

Next Steps for the Community Power Program

The City of Keene has submitted our plan to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for their review and approval. After approval, Keene will assess market conditions to identify an optimal time to select an electricity supplier for the program. 

Once Keene has selected an electricity supplier, you can expect lots of community outreach and education about the Community Power Program. All customers eligible for automatic enrollment will receive a notification letter at least 30 days before launch with details on the program rates and how to participate. This website will also serve as an essential conduit for outreach, so check back here often or sign up for the City email notification system to receive an email when the program is getting ready for launch.

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.