Concord to hold first renewable energy stakeholder meeting

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Monitor staff
Published: 1/21/2019 5:57:01 PM

It’s been half a year since Concord pledged to get all its energy from renewable sources by 2050, and the clock is now ticking on pulling together a plan to make that goal happen.

The city’s Energy and Environment Advisory Committee’s strategic plan that’s due in six months calls for the city to get all of its energy from renewable resources by 2030 and have all transportation and thermal energy renewably sourced by 2050.

The committee has been busy pulling together a draft of the plan. Now, community members invested in the city’s energy future will come together for the first time on Tuesday to discuss the impacts of the plan. The meeting is one of at least three planned on the subject – the others are scheduled for March and June, according to city documents.

A medley of stakeholders from the environmental, business, energy and faith communities have signed on to the committee, according to the draft minutes of the Energy & Environment committee’s Jan. 2 meeting.

Those stakeholders include the Kent Street Coalition, Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, the Jewish community, Concordia Lutheran Church, Five Rivers Conservation Trust, Wheelabrator, Audubon Society, Conservation Law Foundation, Granite State Hydropower Association, Clean Energy New Hampshire, ReVision Energy, Belknap County Community Action Program, City of Concord, Grappone Auto, Steve Duprey, Merrimack Chamber of Commerce, state Sen. Dan Feltes, Ward 5 City Councilor Rob Werner, Robert Baker, Concord School District, Unitil, Concord High School’s environmental club, and the state’s Department of Administrative Services.

Others who were considering becoming stakeholders include the Mom’s Clean Air Force, the New Hampshire chapter of the Sierra Club, the New American African Community, Merrimack County Savings Bank, NHTI’s Renewables Program, and state Rep. Rebecca Williams, according to meeting minutes.

The work session will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers. Future sessions will have opportunities for public comment, according to the city.

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