Energy Committee

May 9, 2013

 

Members Present

Ken Colburn              Bill Bayard                 Mark Billings              Reed Leberman        

Chris Wald                            

Members Absent

Lou Kahn                   Brian Davis

Staff Present

John Edgar                 Angela LaBrecque

Visitors

Nancy Fredrickson   Chris Johnson                        Chris Williams           Malik Haig

Theresa Swanick

  • Chairman Colburn opened the meeting at 6:30PM.  An introduction was made regarding the informal round table meeting initiated by Meredith.  Each person in the room introduced themselves to the group.
  • Theresa spoke about Local Energy Solutions, a statewide energy group that has an emphasis on assisting municipalities and schools.  This group hosted the Energy Solution Conference.
  • Various forms of volunteer Energy Committees were discussed: Ad-hoc, Town appointed committee and Energy Commission.  There are pros and cons to each.  There were no energy commission members present.
  • A discussion was had regarding purchasing power for energy.
  • The group discussed building new or renovating municipal buildings.  Things brought up were:
  1. Cost comparison between deep energy retrofit and building new
  2. Energy committees are a resource municipal official should use as a resource.
  3. Life cycle costing and cost analysis
  4. Difficulty with historic buildings, specifically lighting
  • Shift to LED lighting was discussed and NHEC’s current effort on street light evaluations.  All new street lights are LED.
  • The NHEC’s program to cover 50%, up to $1,000, for heat pumps was noted.
  • The question was raised if regional meeting should occur.  It was generally agreed to that the lines of communication between energy committees in the region could be better and beneficial.
  • All three town that support the Inter-Lakes School District were present and Chris Wald, Facilities Director for the school, was also present as a member of the Meredith Energy Committee.
  • A discussion was had regarding Energy Codes.  It was noted that there is a code group in Concord.  Having energy codes greater than the minimum required by the state would be received differently in various communities depending on the make-up of residents.
  • A point was made that the majority of energy used in a community comes from existing single family homes (at least in the communities present).  Regardless of building code, these houses remain as is until a major renovation happens.  This is where education becomes important so energy is a consideration.
  • Motion to Adjourn by Mark, seconded by Bill. Voted unanimously
  • Next Meeting will by June 13, 2013 at the Town Hall Annex
  • Meeting ended at 9:10 PM
Submitted by Angela LaBrecque
Approved on August 8, 2013