In 2016, The Nature Conservancy, the NH Clean Tech Council, and the Environmental Defense Fund worked to bring legislators together with municipal, manufacturing and local leaders to initiate conversations about energy options and infrastructure, and to incorporate diverse perspectives in discussions on efficiency and renewable opportunities in New Hampshire.
What came out of these statewide ‘Listening Sessions’ were a diversity of compelling stories illustrating a commitment to sustainable and cost-effective business practices both in the private and public sector.
We heard about local municipalities taking on successful energy efficient projects while being mindful and protecting their citizens from tax increases. We listened to businesses implementing energy efficient practices and programs and working with the state’s utility companies to realize cost savings.
We also heard how our neighboring states are significantly benefiting from clean energy policies and the unfulfilled opportunities New Hampshire has before us.
NH Energy Week
One result of these Listening Sessions has been the creation of an annual "NH Energy Week". NH Energy Week has become a a series of events co-organized by partner organizations that highlight prominent energy topics and issues, provide a forum to discuss solutions, and bring leading experts to share knowledge. The premiere event of Energy Week is the Energy Breakfast, attracting 200+ energy professionals, policymakers, advocates, and beyond. Energy Week also features regional roundtables, film screenings, and an awards reception.
NH Energy Week events vary by year. Past highlights have included regional roundtables at Pease, Keene, Nashua, Newport, Dover, and Manchester. NH Energy Week has also featured film screenings and panels on popular films "The Burden" and "Current Revolution". Past years have featured Legislative Luncheons in addition to the premier event, the NH Energy Breakfast. NH Energy Week culminates with the Awards Ceremony, featuring the awards for Municipal Energy Champion, Legislative Energy Champion, and Business Energy Champion.
NH's Energy Future is Now
Together we can explore exciting possibilities and identify a path forward that is good for business, good for communities, good for the environment, based on sound economic principles, and helps to ensure that New Hampshire is in a stronger competitive position within the region.