Peterborough needs volunteers for two new energy committees

  • MacDowell's solar array along Union Street in Peterborough Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/7/2021 7:58:32 AM

Peterborough committed to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 at the 2021 Town Meeting; now, the work begins to meet that goal.

The Select Board recently authorized forming two new energy committees. The Community Power Committee is an official town committee devoted to writing the town’s community power contract, whereas the Energy Plan Committee is an ad-hoc committee tasked with the town’s big-picture energy plan by December 2022, per the warrant article.

That means volunteers are needed to fill them, Peterborough Energy Action committee member Bryan Field said.

Although volunteers don’t need to be overly familiar with community power to be useful on the Community Power committee, experience with drafting up contracts, performing due diligence and attending to details are helpful assets, Field said, adding that Keene and Harrisville recently drafted community power agreements, so committee members have lots of local resources to draw on.

“We want everything well underway by September,” Field said, so Peterborough Energy Action is attempting to line up a full roster and meeting schedule for both committees before then. Joining members will establish frequency and duration of meetings for each committee, he said. 

Interested residents can email info@peterboroughenergyaction.org with questions, or fill out the committee member application form at  https://forms.gle/TrXWWWXqjMY5h3WU6


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