Temple's Renewable Energy
Temple citizens approved a Warrant Article, initiated by the Energy Committee, at the 2018 Town Meeting requesting the establishment of a task force to recommend options for transitioning our municipal energy usage to 100% renewables by 2030.
The Task Force mission:
Provide Temple citizens with viable, cost-effective options for converting our municipal energy usage to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Task Force Actions:
We have collected several years of electricty usage data for Temple’s municipal sector to assess the demand for each building.
We have held meetings with directors of the NH Community Development Finance Authority and Clean Energy NH to discuss financial assistance options for renewable energy installations.
We have invited three reputable renewable energy installers to conduct site visits for our FD and Municipal Building, review our energy usage data and recommend renewable energy installations.
We have examined the amount of available solar power throughout the year using a solar pathfinder for 5 prospective sites in town, eventually selecting one, largely for its potential energy productivity and beneficial location.
We will hold the designed array recommendation ready to present to the Select Board hold a public hearing, and present it in a Warrant Article at Town Meeting once sufficient financial options become available.
On another track, we requested and received the authorization from our Select Board to proceed with an evaluation of the opportunity offered by the passage of Senate Bill 286 in 2019, which allows towns to establish Community Power Plans for greater local control and reduced costs for the electricity needs of their entire community.
We held two public hearings, November 30 and December 6, to bring our recommendations for Community Power to our citizens.
We will offer a Warrant Article for approval at the 2024 Town Meeting to move forward to establish a Community Plan to provide lower electricity costs and more energy independence to our entire community.
Our Plan Going Forward
We will assist in the oversight of installations and financial arrangements for whichever renewable energy sources have been selected until we reach 100% renewable power for Temple's municipal sector by 2030.
And we will work with Clean Energy NH to establish a Community Power Plan for Temple if that option is approved by our citizens following our public hearings and the approval of a warrant article requesting a Community Power Plan for Temple.
Reasons for Switching to Renewables
1. Reducing NH’s predicted rise in excessive heat and consequential health impacts
2. Reducing harms to NH’s farms from more intensive droughts & floods.
3. Reducing the influx of harmful new invasive insect species in NH
4. Reducing taxes for climate-driven billion dollar disasters - in 2020, we had 22 and
in 2023, the 28 climate disasters we had cost $92.9 billion. Plus increased local & state
taxes for damages from increasingly stronger storms.
5. Reducing impacts on NH’s business & tourist industries - unpredictable ski seasons; loss of maples and a diminishing maple syrup business; loss of foliage tourism; fewer
beach tourists from beach erosion; loss of hunting fees & business from out-of-state
hunters due to prey die-offs from exploding winter tick populations.
6. Reducing harms to NH’s fishing industry from warmer ocean water already depleting
cod and lobster stocks, & tourist fishing from the loss of cold fresh water decimating
trout fishing stocks.
7. Supporting quality NH jobs in the state's renewable energy industry
8. Cost savings - from 2014-17 alone, small-scale solar saved NE utilities & customers