This Page Contains Information About Community Power
What community power is:
- Where a municipality purchases power for residences and small businesses.
- It affects only the supply portion of your electricity bill, so that all transmission, distribution, emergency services and billing services stay with the utility. (source Emily Manns from Standard Power)
- In New Hampshire these RSAs apply:
NH RSA 53-A and RSA 53-E
- In some areas of the world this concept is referred to as Energy Aggregation.
It is so new in New Hampshire that the PUC is currently (as of January 2022) drafting rules to govern Community Power.
The rules will have to be approved by state legislative committee.
There are generally two main reasons towns resort to Community Power: first to reduce rates and second to use more renewable energy options.
Typically a town would have a plan that has multiple options to choose from including an option to "opt out" of Community Power.
Even though it may not save a lot of money, Community Power gives a community more control over sourcing and can give consumers the opportunity to choose renewable energy.
While renewal energy sources maybe a bit more expensive at first, it is NOT because it is not available it is because the demand is so high!
There are a few brokers or services to assist communities with Community Power: