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NHEC Holiday Food Drive- November 23, 2019

New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) is pleased to announce it will host a holiday food drive on Saturday, November 23 at the Plymouth Walmart on Tenney Mountain Highway.  Co-op employees will be collecting donations from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a goal to fill a co-op line truck with as much non-perishable food items as possible. Donated items will be given to the Plymouth Area Community Closet and the Campton Area Resource Center.

NHEC is a member-led electric cooperative serving 85,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.

 

Winter Rates Set

Starting November 1, 2019, NHEC’s residential members can expect a total bill increase of about 5%, or $5.50 per month. While this is an increase compared to our current summer rates, the 2019-20 winter rates are 83 cents less than last winter’s rates.

This increase is being driven by changes to the Co-op Power Charge (the cost of actual energy used) and the Regional Access Charge (the cost of transmission grid services). These charges are directly passed through to our members – the cost to NHEC is the cost you pay. For most members, the Co-op Power Charge will increase by 10%, while the Regional Access Charge will increase by 13% over the current summer rate.

The increased Co-op Power Charge is primarily due to the continuing pattern of higher energy costs in winter months in the Northeast. This is due to regional natural gas supply constraints. Natural gas is used to generate roughly half of the electricity in New England. Natural gas demand increases sharply during the winter months, when it is used as a heating fuel, which reduces supply and drives up the cost of generating electricity.

The increase in the Regional Access Charge is primarily due to an increase in the costs other companies charge NHEC to deliver energy to our distribution system.

Click here for a complete list of NHEC rates and fees.

NOTICE: Disposal of Fleet & Equipment

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.

***NHEC Member Solutions representatives cannot answer questions regarding vehicles and equipment being disposed. All questions will be answered during the two vehicle and equipment viewing dates listed.***

Bid sheets for submitting bids may 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 14, 2019.  Bid openings and awarding of bids will take place Friday, November 15, 2019. Vehicles are sold “As Is” and “Where Is” without warranties of any kind whatsoever. NHEC reserves the right to reject any and all bids.  NOT responsible for bids lost in the mail or late.

A tentative list of vehicles and equipment for November disposal includes:

(1) 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 4×4 X cab pickup (#52)

(2) 2010 Chevrolet Colorado 4×4 X cab pickups (#61,74)

(1) 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 4×4 X cab pickup (#73)

(2) 2011 Ford F150 4×4 X cab pickups (#90,92)

(3) 2012 Ford F150 4×4 X cab pickups (#59,65,103)

(1) 2013 Ford f150 4×4  X cab pickup (#29)

(1)  2004 Chevy Tahoe (106)

(1)  1995 IHC 4900 Digger Derrick (12D)

(1) 1999 FLH Fl70 50 ft MH Bucket (41D)

(1) 2006 FLH M2 106 55ft. MH Bucket (21D)

(1) 2004 FLH FL80 55ft. MH Bucket (132D)

(1) 1987 Grimmer Schmidt portable air compressor (T-13)

(1) 1975 Lindsay portable air compressor (T-20)

(1) 1985 Lindsay portable air compressor (T-32)

(1) 2005 Hudson Equipment trailer (T-26)

ABOVE LIST IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

Viewing dates and times:
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
Bids due:
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Bid openings and awards:
Friday, November 15, 2019
Vehicle/Equipment removal:
No later than November 27, 2019
Vehicle viewing location:
NHEC Vehicle Maintenance facility
533 Tenney Mountain Highway
Plymouth, NH

 

Successful Bidders:

Payment must be made and vehicle(s) removed by Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Payment will only be accepted in the form of certified check or bank draft. You will be called if you are the highest bidder and an appointment must be made to process the paperwork.

 

***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.***

Cornish School Making a Smart Start on Energy Savings

Cornish School Making a Smart Start on Energy Savings

Following the success of a three-year energy conservation project at the neighboring Plainfield Elementary School, officials at the Cornish Elementary School took a hard look at the little school that is home to 95 students.

“For a smaller footprint in Cornish, we were spending three times as much on energy costs as we did in Plainfield,” recalled Beth Bierwirth, Business Manager of the joint partnership of SAUs that oversee operations at both schools.

That realization was the start of a concerted effort to get the Cornish school’s energy costs under control. The timing of the project was right, Bierwirth said, matching the start of the town’s “Go Green” initiative. With energy conservation on the minds of town and school officials alike, “we started exploring every avenue where we can create energy savings,” Bierwirth said.

The school found a partner in New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC), which started work with the school in 2016 on a replacement of outdoor lighting with highly-efficient LED lights. With a total project cost of $6,650, an NHEC incentive of $3,325 and annual energy savings of $1,150, the LED project will pay for itself by the end of this year.

A project underway at the school this year has much bigger goals, and a bigger price tag – $61,000 to replace indoor T8 fluorescent lighting with LEDs. To fund the project, the school turned to NHEC’s SmartSTART® program, which is providing a 6.5 year loan that is being paid back by the energy savings alone.

SmartSTART (Savings Through Affordable Retrofit Technologies) is an innovative financing tool that removes the upfront cost of energy efficiency improvements, allows the loan to be paid off by the energy cost savings of the installed measures, and even provides some positive cash flow during the payback period.

“It really made it easy to sell to our school board,” Bierwirth noted.

The project numbers speak for themselves:

  • $60,925 project cost
  • $30,000 NHEC Incentive
  • $30,925 net cost
  • $7,320 annual energy savings
  • $1,824 annual positive cash flow after loan payment
  • 5 year loan

 

To learn more about NHEC’s Smart START program, visit our website, or contact Program Administrator Joe Lajewski at lajewskij@nhec.com, or (603) 536-8663.

Alton Member Wins 9th Annual Kathy Anderson Scholarship

Alton Member Wins 9th Annual Kathy Anderson Scholarship

Former NHEC President Fred Anderson presents the 2019 Kathy Anderson Scholarship to NHEC member Kate Varney of Alton

PLYMOUTH, NH – Kate Varney of Alton, NH was selected as the 2019 recipient of the 9th annual Kathy Anderson Scholarship.

Named for the late Kathy Anderson, wife of retired New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) President/CEO Fred Anderson, the scholarship was created to help a deserving New Hampshire woman who is seeking to better her life through education.

Varney, an NHEC member, mom of four and an Alton resident, was unanimously chosen to receive the $2,500 scholarship to help continue her studies at the University of New Hampshire, where she is pursuing her Degree in Civil Engineering.  After receiving her degree, Kate plans to follow in the footsteps of her father, a civil engineer, and continue the family business – Varney Engineering.

“Kate is a very grateful and motivated woman with a strong passion for her family and her community.  This was very clear upon meeting her in person,” said Fred Anderson.

The Kathy Anderson Scholarship was established in 2011 and awards one, $2,500 scholarship annually to a non-traditional female learner over the age of 25 who is a member of NHEC. The Kathy Anderson Scholarship is funded by individual contributions made in Kathy’s name to the NHEC Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 charitable fund that has contributed over $3.5 million to charitable organizations within NHEC service territory since 2006.

Sweet Success: Bascom Maple Farms Taps Into Energy Efficiency

ALSTEAD, NH – Bascom Maple Farms is not your grandfather’s sugar shack…unless your grandfather gathers sap from 105,000 taps and uses reverse osmosis machines to produce 45,000 gallons of maple syrup a year. That kind of production takes energy, and lots of it. That’s why energy efficiency has become nearly as important to Bascom’s bottom line as the syrup and maple sugar products that have made them famous.

Since 2011, the Alstead-based operation has worked with New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) to install energy efficiency measures that are saving 177,577 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year. At an average price of 15 cents per kWh, that’s an annual savings of more than $26,000. Much of that savings was achieved by switching to LED lights.

“The LED lighting seemed like a no-brainer,” remarked Kevin Bascom, who, with his brother David and cousin Bruce Bascom, has turned the seven generation family farm into America’s leading independent supplier of pure and organic private label maple syrup, the owner of the country’s #1 organic brand, as well as the leading purveyor of bulk maple syrup and bulk maple sugar products. The farm’s newest building features LED lighting and controls that are saving 29,113 kWh per year – an annual savings of about $4,300 over conventional fluorescent lighting. At another building, a lighting retrofit in 2018 replaced T8 fluorescents with LEDs, which saved an additional $5,800 a year. The cost of both projects was offset by a $32,459 rebate from NHEC’s Commercial & Industrial Retrofit Program.

Also in 2018, the Bascoms installed high-efficiency air source heat pumps to heat and cool the office space, which is attached to a large warehouse. After a full year of operation, “I haven’t heard any complaints, and I would if there were,” noted Kevin Bascom.

Bascom Maple Farms employs 75 people, making it one of the largest employers in rural southwest New Hampshire. Powering the regional economy takes a lot of power. Large motors drive two steam boilers to heat pasteurizing syrup for retail containers; bulk syrup storage requires 24/7 refrigeration in warehouses; granulated maple sugar production consumes large amounts of electricity; and vacuum pumps in the surrounding woods need power to collect sap from the lines that connect 105,000 tree taps.

When it became clear that the farm’s growing need for power was threatening future growth, NHEC worked with the Bascoms to replace the single-phase electric line serving the facility with a new, two-mile long three-phase power line. Without three-phase service, the farm had been supplying power to its production facilities with a combination of Co-op power and a diesel generator. When the final connections are made this year to the new three-phase line, the generator will only be used for emergency back-up power.

“We’re always looking for ways to help our members thrive and succeed,” said NHEC President/CEO Steve Camerino. “Maple sugaring is a great New Hampshire tradition and we’re proud to help a family business that’s been doing it for more than 160 years.”