The Monadnock Energy Hub (MEH) pursues effective and achievable initiatives that
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
- accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies,
- and improve energy security and resilience throughout our communities.
Priorities and Goals
The Hub is guided by a steering committee that sets the priorities and creates a strategic plan. The boots on the groundwork are organized by the Program Coordinator and conducted by the coordinator, the committee, and volunteer Hub members. This committee, with input from the collective of Hub members and the program coordinator work toward priorities and goals outlined and updated during the year when needed. Below are links to written guiding documents, the strategic plan and an outline of priorities set by the committee for the Hub for years 2018-2020.
- Governance Document was written to guide the HUB during its creation in 2018
- A Two-Year Strategic Plan for 2018-2020 is being implemented by the Program Coordinator in collaboration with the Steering Committee and other Hub and community members. This plan is a living document and may change in focus as the committee and Hub members reallocate priorities and change goals to best address the needs of the region, reevaluate available resources and interests of the Hub membership.
- Priorities that the Hub are focused on
- Solarize Monadnock – the Hub has brought a successful campaign to five local towns in 2019 and hopes to move the campaign to a new set of towns for the 2020 season. Interested Monadnock towns should contact Mary Ewell at MEHinNH@gmail.com by late July 2019 for initial training.
- Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Promoting Electric Vehicle Ownership – The Hub sees the inevitable transition to EVs and wants to accelerate the transition to EVs to reduce greenhouse gases and ensure the Monadnock Region is not left behind. The Hub is working with local businesses to secure locations for EV charging infrastructure as well as promote EVs thru Drive Electric events. These events allow the public access to EVs and their owners to learn why owning an EV makes driving so much fun, while saving money on maintenance and fuel, and helping to lower emissions – the largest greenhouse gas emitter in this region.
- Ready for 100% Renewable Energy Campaigns – Since Keene, NH adopted the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100% resolution to be fossil fuel free by 2030/2050 in January 2019, the Hub has had interest in taking this campaign to other towns in the Monadnock region. Local towns are investigating and planning outreach to see if its residents would like to pass a warrant article for the 2020 session. Other towns may be looking toward 2021 and more education on the campaign to its residents. The HUB is here to help learn, contact MEHinNH@gmail.com if you would like more information on how to bring this resolution to your town.
- The Hub wants to build connections with as many individuals, committees, organizations, and businesses that believe in a clean energy future to partner on bringing this future to today. An example of this is the partnership of the Hub and Hannah Grimes in creating a NEW Renewable Energy Track for the annual Radically Rural Conference held in September in Keene, NH for 2019. Learn more about Radically Rural at radicallyrural.org.
The mission (from the Strategic Plan) of the Monadnock Energy Hub (MEH) is to pursue effective and achievable initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, and improve energy security and resilience throughout our communities. We promote and organize community actions that strengthen the local energy economy during the urgent transition to renewables and we aspire to have our region meet all of its electricity needs with renewable energy by 2030, and all of its heating and transportation needs with renewable energy by 2050.