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Local Climate Action
Community power is the belief that people should have a say over the places in which they live and the services they use. It is a growing movement – with communities across the country, and the world, working together to improve places, public services and each other's lives. Community Power is a critical step towards a greener way of doing and thinking in our everyday lives. It can help place citizens and communities at the center of the low carbon transition. Community Power involves them directly in energy decisions, and provides them with more control over possibilities to switch to a more sustainable lifestyle.
So if you haven’t heard of "community power" before or you want some more information on it – you’re in the right place!
“Community power refers to the participation in community energy projects hosted by local energy groups to create a collective sharing of green energy.”
But what does that really mean for you as a consumer?
It’s becoming increasingly common for local communities to get involved with projects that promote green and sustainable living. These projects range from fitting new solar panels across the area to investing and organizing the production of new wind turbines locally. The energy produced from these resources is renewable, which means it won’t ever run out – unlike fossil fuels.
But it doesn’t stop there – the energy produced from these projects is used by energy suppliers to provide you with your electricity.
What is the importance of community power?
There are so many reasons why this type of power production is key to paving the way for a greener and brighter future. Not just for our communities but for ourselves and the future of our own families.
Decarbonization – We’re moving away from old fashioned ‘fossil field energy’ because it is bad for pollution and it won’t last forever. Instead of this, we’re using and promoting long-lasting energy resources with low carbon emissions. The key thing to remember here is that it’s not only businesses who are supporting this act – people across the country are taking it upon themselves to take the action of finding and building new renewables in the absence of government subsidies.
Reinvestment – When you support community-powered projects, you are supporting the reinvestment into these projects. Part of the profits produced are reinvested into local community power projects, fueling it further and supporting the US as it transforms its power sector. This, in turn, improves our energy independence as we move towards ensuring we have a sustainable and secure energy supply for years to come.
Consumer Power – It sounds cheesy, but it’s true that as a consumer you have the power. Community energy production puts the emphasis in the hands of people like you; where there is an organizational structure which allows you to be involved in energy decisions. It helps you personally progress towards a more sustainable and low carbon lifestyle by making smart decisions.
Why should you invest in community energy?
There’s a clear answer to this – do it for yourself. When you opt for a supplier that uses community energy – you’re buying into the growth of the community energy project, which benefits the local community and it’s ultimately benefiting you as a consumer. You get access to shared green energy, you support reinvestment in green energy and you’re making the right choices when it comes to sustainable living.
Supporting community power means you’ll be an advocate for growth in this sector, so it promotes personal social responsibility and paves the way for a better future.
Join the Concord Paris Climate Agreement Local “Stocktake” – A Community Climate Action and Clean Energy Assessment
6 PM – 8 PM
City Wide Community Center
14 Canterbury Road
The City of Concord, New Hampshire has adopted a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050, with an interim goal of generation of 100% renewable electricity by 2030. This goal applies to the entire Concord community, not just for City of Concord government operations.
The Paris Climate Agreement was adopted by nearly 200 nations in 2015, setting ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions and move to a clean energy economy. A key element of the agreement is a periodic “stocktake” – an assessment of progress and where climate action efforts need to be ramped up to meet goals. Concord Mayor Jim Bouley is a member of Climate Mayors and Concord supports the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The initial Concord “stocktake” session on (date TBD) will give Concord residents the opportunity to interact with the Concord Energy and Environment Advisory Committee (CEEAC) various City of Concord departments that are engaged in supporting climate action initiatives and the development of renewable energy projects in our community.
City Departments engaged in climate action and the development of renewable energy include Planning, Finance, and General Services as well as city committees such as the Transportation Policy Advisory Committee and the Tree Committee. The Concord School District is actively pursuing renewable energy projects and will participate.
Join us on (date TBD) to participate in the discussion - we hope to see you there!
RSVP here: Concord, NH Climate Action Community "Stocktake" - RSVP (google.com)
For more information, contact CEEAC chair Rob Werner at email@example.com or 603-674-9810.
The Concord “stocktake” is presented by CEEAC and Concord Greenspace in partnership with ICLEI (Local Government for Sustainability), Cities and Regions in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, Youth Constituency of the UNFCC, and Earth Day.org.
Concord Greenspace has a green transportation sub-committee for all those passionate about walkability and bikeablity. Check it out!
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