Nov 4, 2014 - Energy Efficiency Is Saving Inter-Lakes Schools Thousands
MEREDITH, NH - The Inter-Lakes School District has completed a crash course in energy efficiency that will save nearly $10,000 per year in electricity costs.
The regional school district that serves Meredith, Center Harbor and Sandwich has partnered with New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) to identify more than $100,000 in energy efficiency opportunities at Inter-Lakes High School, Inter-Lakes Elementary School and the SAU office, all located in Meredith.
Projects completed in 2014 include the installation of refrigeration controls at both schools, as well as the installation of three air source heat pumps to improve climate control inside the high school library. The school district also took advantage of NHEC’s SmartSTART program to install highly efficient LED lighting at the SAU office, high school gym, high school cafeteria and high school parking lot. SmartSTART allows the school district to pay nothing out of pocket for the lighting upgrades while using the electric savings to pay for the improvements over time.
All told, the efficiency upgrades are projected to save more than 57,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year. At current rates, that’s a savings of approximately $9,150 per year. Project costs totaled $102,530, which was offset by a Co-op Energy Solutions program incentive of $25,321.
“Inter-Lakes School District is working hard to conserve energy, reduce our carbon footprint, and save taxpayer money. When we can capitalize on projects that meet all three criteria, it is a win for everyone,” said Inter-Lakes School District Superintendent Mary Ellen Ormond. “Working with New Hampshire Electric Co-op has provided the school district with great opportunities to conserve energy, improve our facilities, and save money. The ultimate outcome has resulted in improved educational facilities for our students.”
NHEC’s Co-op Energy Solutions programs offer incentives and expertise for residential, commercial and municipal members. For more information, visit www.nhec.com/energysolutions
, or call 1-800-698-2007.
Nov 3, 2014 - November Board Meeting Moved to December 2
The NHEC Board of Directors voted to move their regularly scheduled November Board meeting from Tuesday, November 25 to Tuesday, December 2. The NHEC Board of Directors meets monthly at the Cooperative’s headquarters in Plymouth. Please check the Board of Directors page
, or call Sharon Yeaton at (603) 536-8801 to confirm the current month’s time and location.
Oct 3, 2014 - Vehicle/Equipment Disposition List and Information
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) is preparing to offer for bid, vehicles and equipment that are ready for disposition. This bid offering is being made available to the membership, Co-op employees and retirees with the disposal process and listing of vehicles as follows.
*Information on the vehicles and equipment will be provided only at the scheduled viewing dates listed. Please do not contact the Co-op about vehicle and equipment conditions.
Bid sheets for submitting bids can be picked up at the viewings. A separate sheet for each vehicle bid must be submitted. Sealed bids are due by the end of the workday (4:30 p.m.) Thursday, November 13, 2014. Bid openings and awarding of bids will take place Friday, November 14, 2014. Vehicles are sold “As Is” and “Where Is” without warranties of any kind whatsoever. NHEC reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
Payment must be made and vehicle(s) removed by Friday, November 21, 2014. Payment will only be accepted in the form of cash, certified check, or bank draft.
A tentative list of vehicles and equipment for November disposal includes:
(1) 2001 Freightliner FL 70, 50 ft. material handling bucket
(1) 1999 Freightliner FL 70, 50 ft. material handling bucket
(1) 2007 Chevy Express Van
(1) 2005 Chevy K 1500 4x4 X cab pickup
(1) 2006 Chevy K 1500 4x4 reg. cab pickup
(1) 2004 Chevy Impala 4 door sedan
(1) 2003 Ford F 150 4x4 reg. cab pickup
(2) 2003 Dodge Dakota 4x4 X cab pickup
(1) 1998 Ford F 350 4x4 w/fiberglass utility body
(1) 1988 Eric snowmobile trailer
LIST IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Viewing dates and times:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
Thursday, November 13,2014, 4:30 p.m.
Bid openings and awards:
Friday, November 14,2014
No later than November 21, 2014
Vehicle viewing location:
NHEC Vehicle Maintenance facility
533 Tenney Mountain Highway
Sep 25, 2014 - Co-op Power Rate Increase Effective October 1, 2014
PLYMOUTH, NH - With no relief in sight for the problems that are causing winter price spikes in the wholesale cost of electricity in New England, the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) Board of Directors has authorized an increase in the energy charge portion of its members’ bills, effective October 1, 2014.
The Co-op Power rate, which represents the actual cost of the electricity used by members, will increase from 8.97 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 11.6 cents per kWh. As a result of the increase, the typical NHEC member using 500 kWh per month will see an overall bill increase of approximately $12.47 per month, or 12.2%. A slight decrease in the Regional Access Charge, also effective October 1, is lessening the full impact of the Co-op Power rate increase, but not enough to offset the skyrocketing price of power for winter delivery.
Why are prices spiking?
Natural gas prices are driving up the price of wholesale electricity, due to New England’s reliance on natural gas for nearly half of the region’s electricity. Though large new supplies of natural gas are being extracted nearly on New England’s doorstep in states like Pennsylvania and New York, a lack of pipeline capacity into the region that is adequate to handle winter demands is causing the price of natural gas for winter delivery to climb sharply. This has caused a corresponding increase in the price of wholesale electricity.
“These high winter wholesale costs will be working their way into the energy prices of most all the region’s electricity suppliers over the next few months,” said Steve Kaminski, NHEC Vice President of Power Resources & Access. “New England ratepayers will feel the impact until the pipeline capacity challenge is met or new sources of electricity make their way into New England.”
The Effects of Winter Market Prices on Co-op Power
Most of the electricity NHEC buys for use by its members is contracted for in advance at fixed prices. After last year’s delivery problems and price spikes, however, suppliers are now charging large premiums for forward winter purchases, based on expectations of repeated and continuing seasonal problems. As NHEC’s older purchase contracts expire and are replaced, those premium winter prices are becoming a bigger part of the Co-op Power resource mix, as well as for all the companies selling electricity in New England. In addition to forward purchases, NHEC relies on the spot market for a small portion of its members’ needs. Spot prices generally turn out on average to be lower than advance purchases, but are more volatile and subject to extreme price spikes during times of stress on the supply and delivery system, so NHEC does not depend heavily on them.
Conservation, Energy Management Can Help
As power rates increase, NHEC is encouraging its members to practice energy conservation and take advantage of a new tool that allows them to monitor and manage their energy usage. Thanks to NHEC’s recent installation of Smart Meters across its service territory, members are now able to view their monthly, daily and hourly electric usage online at www.nhec.coop
. This information can provide the opportunity to view usage patterns and make efficiency or usage choices that can save energy and money.
NHEC also has a website (www.smallsteps.coop
) with a host of energy saving tips and advice, including links to Co-op Energy Solutions efficiency programs.
Expect a Rate Reduction in May 2015
Because the causes of the wholesale price spikes are so seasonal in nature, NHEC currently expect a substantial reduction in the Co-op Power rate on or around May 1, 2015 at the start of the summer pricing period.
Headquartered in Plymouth, NH, NHEC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.
Sep 9, 2014 - NHEC President/CEO Announces Spring Retirement
PLYMOUTH, NH—New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NHEC) announced today that Fred Anderson will retire as CEO in the spring of 2015 after 34 years with the company.
Anderson joined the Cooperative in 1981 and became the President/CEO in 1992. He has a long history in the rural electrification program, when he began his career in 1974 with the Rural Electrification Administration in Washington, DC.
He has been a very valuable member of the Cooperative community serving on a variety of boards including the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC); Cooperative Research Council (CRC); Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA) and the Consumer Owned Energy Foundation. He is a Cooperative Credentialed Director and Founding Board member of the NHEC Foundation. He has also served the greater community at large, active as a past board member of the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth, NH, the Plymouth Regional High School Board and Northway Financial (Symbol NWFI) as well as the Pemigewasset National and Berlin City banks.
"I am grateful to have spent 34 years with this great company and am deeply honored to have had the opportunity to lead it for the past 23 years. I am very proud of what we have accomplished together”, said Anderson. "I am so thankful to have worked with such a tremendous staff and Board who remain committed to our membership. Their unwavering belief in the cooperative way of doing business will continue to lead the way for NHEC’s future."
“NHEC is well positioned for the future because of Fred’s vision, leadership skills and commitment to excellence. He will be greatly missed by NHEC’s members, employees and the Board of Directors”, said Earl Hansen, Chairman NHEC Board of Directors. Continued Hansen, “Fred has the Board’s appreciation and gratitude for his exemplary service to NHEC and the Cooperative vision.”
NHEC has secured the Executive Search Firm of Mycoff, Fry & Prouse LLC to conduct an extensive search for Mr. Anderson’s replacement. All employment inquiries should be directed to Scott Fry at 800-525-9082 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jun 5, 2014 - Celebrating 75 Years: Annual Meeting; BOD Results
PLYMOUTH, NH – On the occasion of its 75th Annual Meeting of Members, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) took a look back at its pioneering past and a look forward to a challenging future with major changes in store for the regional energy industry.
More than 175 members and guests attended the Annual Meeting, which was held June 3 at Prospect Hall on the campus of Plymouth State University.
“This cooperative was founded on the principle of people working together to achieve a common goal,” said NHEC President/CEO Fred Anderson. “It is because of all the people who have come before us that we have achieved the goal of putting the power in your hands. They are the ones for whom we are grateful today.”
Founded in 1939, NHEC was incorporated by a group of farmers and rural residents who, with help from the New Hampshire State Grange and the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), sought to bring the benefits of electricity to areas of the state that were unserved by the private utilities of the day. From its first stretch of electric line that served a few dozen families in towns surrounding Lempster, NH, NHEC grew steadily over the years to serve 83,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.
As part of the 75th anniversary, the Co-op unveiled a copy of a newly-released book that chronicles the company’s history. Titled “Putting the Power In Your Hands: The First 75 Years of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative,” the book is a thoroughly researched account of the challenges and successes the cooperative has experienced in lighting up the New Hampshire countryside for the past seven decades. Members also enjoyed dinner catered by Sodexo Catering and a post-meeting raffle.
A number of dignitaries sent congratulatory messages on the occasion of the Co-op’s 75th anniversary, including U.S. Congresswoman Annie Kuster, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who recorded a video that was played to the annual meeting attendees.
Two people with long associations with NHEC were honored for their contributions to the Cooperative. Former NHEC Director Gail Paine of Intervale was recognized by a Board of Directors resolution named her Director Emeritus, acknowledging her 30 years as a member of the NHEC Board and 19 years as the NHEC representative on the Board of Directors of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Also recognized was Clint Hutchins, NHEC Manager of Member Solutions & Marketing. Hutchins, who plans to retire in July after a 44-year career at NHEC, was awarded the Carol A. Tracey Customer Service Award. Presented by the Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA), the award recognizes employees of NEPPA member utilities who deliver outstanding service to their consumers.
Company officials also announced the results of the election for three open seats on the NHEC Board of Directors. Three incumbents won re-election to seats on the Board.
Returning to the Board for three-year terms are Joan Aubrey of Jackson, Harry Viens of Center Harbor and Bruce Wiggett of Plymouth. Members also voted 5,772 to 670 to approve a minor amendment to the NHEC Bylaws.
Board members are elected by NHEC members, who cast ballots annually to fill seats on the 11-member Board of Directors. NHEC is a democratically-controlled cooperative. All NHEC members are eligible to vote or run for election to the Board of Directors. This year, 6,878 members cast ballots.