Alternative Energy Land Use Resources

LRPC has acquired Targeted Block Grant funding through the NH Office of Energy and Planning to develop an internet-based alternative energy land use resource. This resource is intended to encourage, promote, or require property owners to adopt alternative energy practices in the design, location, and construction of residential housing and commercial buildings. Models and existing examples of design standards and land use regulations are provided to help communities and citizens understand how alternative energy and energy efficient practices can be implemented.

We believe that energy conscious improvements can be made to land use policy and practice resulting in reduced energy consumption and utility costs while preserving our environment and its natural assets. To learn more, choose an energy topic above.

Lakes Region Energy Alliance

The coordination of the Alliance was also made possible with Targeted Block Grant funding. The Alliance is an informal, collaboration working to improve energy efficiency in the region across a wide range of categories, including transportation, the built environment, natural resources, human resources, and economic development. It will do so by providing education and enhancing information sharing to promote creative solutions to energy challenges.

The Local Energy Committees (LECs) expressed the need for a regional approach to energy efficient planning; as a result the Alliance was conceived. The Alliance is comprised of LEC members, municipal staff, and concerned citizens, but is not a substitute for municipal LECs. The Alliance will meet quarterly, check the News and Events section in the green box for more information.

New Hampshire Resources

Office of Energy & Planning
Department of Environmental Services, Air Resources
Public Utilities Commission

Public Utilities:
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative
Public Service of New Hampshire

State Organizations:
Carbon Coalition
New Hampshire Community Energy Project

Lakes Region Organizations:
Center Harbor Energy Committee (CHEC)
Sandwich Energy Committee
Tamworth Energy Committee
Wolfeboro Energy Committee
Global Awareness, Local Action (GALA), non-profit in Wolfeboro, NH

Additional Resources

US Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
US Department of Energy - Alternative Energy Resources in New Hampshire
US Environmental Protection Agency National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Clean Air Cool Planet, web-based "how-to" guide called the Community Toolkit
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI): Local Governments for Sustainability
Renewable Energy Policy Project
Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Union of Concerned Scientists - Climate Choices, Northeast
U.S. Green Building Council

Private Companies:
Energy Efficient Home Tips from iFloor.

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News and Events:
  • New England Grassroots Education Fund (NEGEF):
    Local Energy Committees can submit a proposal to support your priority project or workshop. Grants of up to $2500. Deadline Sept 15, 2008.
  • :
    Local Energy Committees can develop a webpage for their energy committee. See who has already.
Special thanks to:

New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning

Contact with questions, comments, or feedback on the website.