Lebanon Energy & Sustainability Initiatives
The City of Lebanon is looking for a solar company to develop and finance a multi-site solar PV project that includes both building rooftop systems and ground-mounted systems. Continue reading...
The Mascoma Valley Energy and Sustainability Expo is this Saturday, 10am-3pm at Mascoma Valley Regional High School. Topics include Solar, Batteries, Net-Zero, High Efficiency Heating, Weatherize, and Off-Grid. REGISTER BY 9/27 TO RESERVE FREE LUNCH. Continue reading...
The Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee and Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a conference to help businesses adopt sustainable, efficient technologies that will stabilize and reduce energy costs, increase energy resilience, and invest dollars locally. Continue reading...
The Energy Advocacy Council (EAC) is working to address Lebanon's "energy burden" by training volunteers to help neighbors gain access to energy services. Learn more about this initiative then register to volunteer. Continue reading...
The Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee (LEAC) has recently established a Solar Subcommittee to review the potential for solar power on City-owned property. Over 30 different sites are being explored with total power production of 5 to 10 megawatts. Continue reading...
The City of Lebanon has contracted with a new electricity supplier to provide power to the municipality based on Real-Time Pricing. The new contract will be effective early July and should save the City on its electric bill. Continue reading...
Lebanon's police station on Poverty Lane will receive the first energy audit of the year. A major component of the audit is to look at the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and make recommendations for improvement or replacement. Continue reading...
The future of electricity production and distribution is a topic that is consistently growing and ever-evolving. Mary Powell and Dr. Elizabeth Wilson gave a lecture at Dartmouth which is now available for viewing on CATV. Continue reading...
Over 70 people crowded into the Kilton Library last week to learn about Weatherize Upper Valley, a program for residents offering $100 home energy audits, fixed pricing for energy saving upgrades, support, and prizes for a limited time this winter. Continue reading...
The EPA estimates that nearly 75% of our waste could be recycled or composted. Recycling saves money but in other ways as well. Learn more about how your recycling efforts benefited the Lebanon Solid Waste Facility in 2017. 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.