2019 was a momentous year for advancing clean, renewable energy in Keene. The Keene Sentinel published a list of top issues for the year, and renewable energy was at the top of the list.
Thanks to the support of Keene residents, businesses, and leaders from education, faith, nonprofit, the City of Keene, and other sectors we’ve accomplished so much this year.
- Keene was the 104th city in the country to pass a 100% renewable energy resolution.
- We hosted an NH Saves presentation to help residents “button up” their homes to save energy and money
- Hundreds of people marched with striking students
- The Mayor issued a proclamation declaring October Energy Month and we celebrated with films, panels, and more
- The city learned from experts and other communities engaged in renewable energy work
- The city hired a consultant to review energy production and consumption data, feedback from stakeholders, and best practices in renewable energy to make recommendations for the plan.
- Keene organizations cut the ribbon on several new solar installations
- The city launched Community Energy Conversations to hear from residents, businesses and other stakeholders
Looking ahead to 2020
Here are just some of our ongoing and proposed actions:
- Support for the city in writing a Sustainable Energy Action Plan for the 2030 and 2050 clean energy goals.
- Hosting Community Energy Conversations for residents of Keene and people from surrounding towns
- Solarize campaign to install more residential solar power in Keene and Marlborough.
- Offering “NH Saves” presentation promoting residential weatherization and building energy efficiency
- Collecting, sharing and publicizing energy efficiency and clean energy stories from local residents and businesses
- Collaborating with youth from our area through internships and support for activism.
- Keeping track of energy legislation at the NH State House
- Writing letters to the editor, state-house lobbying, and other clean energy outreach