Dublin explores community power structure

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/19/2021 2:09:07 PM

Dublin is looking at a new way to supply electricity to customers, through a community power-sharing program, similar to one adopted by Keene earlier this year.

The Dublin Select Board recently met with Standard Power President Bob Hayden, to discuss the program, and how it could work for them.

Town Administrator Kate Fuller said while the board has put community power as an ongoing discussion point for its future meetings, it’s still in the earliest phases of discussion. But it is an idea the Select Board is interested in continuing to learn more about.

“Any way to save money is always of interest,” Fuller said.

This year, the City Council in Keene approved a Community Power plan, the first in the state to approve such a measure. In Keene’s program, the city buys electricity in bulk for residents and businesses, with the goal of increasing renewable energy use and stabilizing renewable power supply.

Keene’s program offers customers the default supply from Eversource as well as other options from third-party electricity suppliers, with offers ranging in their price and renewable energy options. All the billing and the delivery of electricity remains through Eversource.

Currently, the city of Keene has submitted their plan for the cooperative to the Public Utilities Commission for review and approval. Once approved, the city will select electricity suppliers.

The plan for Dublin, Hayden told the board, would be similar.

The process is designed to allow the town to design what kind of energy they would like to have, and can enter into a memorandum of understanding with the power supplier.

With Keene, the first step towards creating a community power supply was to form a town committee to research the concept and present a possible plan for town consideration. Hayden suggested a similar process for Dublin.

Standard Power has offered to do a community survey and present the plan to Dublin residents.

Before the plan is finalized, it would be put before the town at Town Meeting for voter approval.

 

 Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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