Energy Commission Meeting, Thursday 12-19-19

Open Agenda

Call to Order 00:00:06


Approval of Minutes 00:00:24

10/2019, 11/2019 (posted online)


Reports of Members and Committees 00:01:27

School projects – John Schneller


Green Business Award 00:07:04

. Nominations Due Wednesday, March 18, 2020 2. Reviews completed at March, 2020 BEC Meeting 3. Awards Presented/Announced on Earth Day April 22, 2020 A. The goal is to have some sort of town-wide event or events such as a road clean-up and formal presentation B. Timeline and posting flyers on facebook - Jeff


Solsmart 00:22:31

1. www.thesolarfoundation.org A. Start with Bronze level – Sarah/Chris


Eversource bills to calculate demand charges 00:22:50

Library big electricity consumer – Chris/Jeff A. Investigating the purchase of IoTaWatt open source energy monitoring system for less than $250


Change transfer station policy to put recyclables 00:24:11

in solid waste – Bill Foote 1. Proposal to change resident sorting to reduce costs and be ready for any future changes in recycling policy 2. Is an onsite paper/cardboard baler an option? 3. Maybe look at an outdoor screen again as part of the public education effort A. Look at the BHS sign the PTG installed this year


Change transfer station policy 00:24:12

to put recyclables in solid waste – Bill Foote 1. Proposal to change resident sorting to reduce costs and be ready for any future changes in recycling policy 2. Is an onsite paper/cardboard baler an option? 3. Maybe look at an outdoor screen again as part of the public education effort


Municipal Aggregation 00:27:23

1. Clean Energy NH meeting to discuss shared back office functions on 12/20 in Concord 2. For Bedford Municipal Aggregation offers a way to decrease electrical supply rates to residents and businesses below the Eversource rate while protecting against predatory practices of third party electric suppliers. This must not cause the Town to incur any additional costs 3. Municipal aggregation must not increase the workload of town employees without providing revenue to cover any costs 4. Municipal aggregation may allow Bedford to reduce the town’s overall carbon footprint by: A. Allowing differentiated pricing to allow residents to buy RECs for renewable energy B. Incentivizing increased residential and commercial solar by offering a higher rate for excess solar fed into the grid C. Allowing the Town to lease out the landfill for a 1.6 MW PV array with the Town as the sole off-taker of the power (assumes group net metering cap is raised at some point)


New business 00:41:04