Lebanon Community Power is getting closer to launch! Watch your mailbox for a letter from the City near the end of March explaining how it works and how it will benefit you and Lebanon. Most residential and small commercial customers of Liberty Utilities will be enrolled automatically in Lebanon Community Power in April, with the option to leave at any time. Large commercial customers and ratepayers in contracts with competitive commercial power brokers will not be automatically included but will have the option to join Lebanon Community Power.
You can learn more by watching this short video or visiting the Lebanon Community Power web page. Here are some highlights:
- Lebanon Community Power is part of the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire, a new non-profit power agency created by communities, for communities.
- The Community Power Coalition will buy the electricity. Liberty Utilities will still deliver it and bill customers.
- Community Power includes at least 27 New Hampshire towns and cities, including big ones like Nashua and Dover and small ones like Harrisville and Sugar Hill. It represents more than 25% of New Hampshire’s electrical load, giving it power in numbers for bargaining.
- And because of the way the Coalition is structured, it is nimbler than the regulated utilities, which purchase electricity in six-month intervals. The Coalition can pursue short-term laddered contracts and use other strategies to keep costs lower.
- The Coalition will offer cleaner electricity than you can get from Liberty Utilities. You can choose among four progressively cleaner plans in Lebanon Community Power with slightly different rates. Or, opt out and return to Liberty Utilities if you wish.
- By law, no local tax revenue goes toward Lebanon Community Power. The services will be included in electricity rates.
- Community Power can help build a better future. The Coalition can use funds to develop new, local clean energy projects like solar power installations, off-shore wind power, and more. Through Community Power, our electric grid will get cleaner and help meet the City’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to help slow global warming.
Lebanon Community Power will be working for you! Learn more by visiting the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire/Lebanon website, and watch for the letter from the City later this month.