Since October 2021, the newly formed Nelson Community Power Committee, appointed by the Select Board, has been taking steps toward developing a plan to improve the long-term electricity needs of its residents and businesses.
The ultimate goal is to allow ratepayers to purchase power at wholesale prices as a group or an “aggregate” rather than individually. In addition, Nelson Community Power can oﬀer choices in the power that generates the electricity ie; mixes of solar, wind, hydro, or geothermal as they become available.
There is no cost to the town; residents have the option to opt in or opt out; and there is no tax increase.
As a backgrounder, see this article published on this website in April 22.
For the past six months, the Committee has been communicating with and interviewing representatives of other towns who have already developed and approved electric aggregation plans: Harrisville, Keene, Marlborough, Peterborough, and Swanzey. The Committee has also interviewed state and regional experts on the logistics and overall legal, ﬁscal, and administrative responsibilities involved.
Now YOUR Input is Needed!
Much has been learned as to the methods and mechanics of the process of community power aggregation. However, in order to tailor the Nelson plan to the speciﬁc needs of its ratepayers more information will be helpful to guide the process.
A survey has been written with that in mind The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. The questions are typically “yes” or “no,” but also provide room for comment.
Take the Survey
If you have any questions, please go to our Nelson Community Power website or email Patsy Beﬀa-Negrini at firstname.lastname@example.org.