Strafford Regional Planning Commission offers energy technical assistance and planning.
Strafford Regional Planning Commission currently attends meetings as a member/stakeholder of Granite State Clean Cities. This group, which is administered by the NH Department of Environmental Services, is focused primarily on "planning and implementing projects which promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles in the State of New Hampshire to improve air quality, increase national energy security by decreasing dependence on foreign oil, and foster sustainable economic development in this emerging industry." While this group primarily focuses on vehicles and fuels standards explained in the U.S. Energy and Policy Act of 1992, they also discuss the use of alternative energy sources such as solar powered EV recharging stations, and other sustainable practices.
Strafford Regional Planning Commission, along with the other nine regional planning commissions, was awarded funding through Nashua Regional Planning Commission's HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. This funding supported the update of Strafford's 2005 A Quality Improvement Plan (New Regional Master Plan Policies and Implementation Strategies for the Year 2020). The Energy Efficiency and Green Building Appendix was a component of the 2015 Regional Master Plan.
The purpose of this appendix is to discuss the challenge of continuing to provide energy for our daily travel, our homes, business, and local government, and offer guidance and strategies for how to prepare for a changing energy future. The burning of fossil fuels for energy and transportation is contributing to the progression of climate change by raising seasonal temperatures that result in more damaging storms.
The energy sector is vulnerable to several climate change threats that may affect our communities directly. However, progress is being made. The New England region provides a national example of successful interstate cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Federal, state, and local incentives are enabling municipalities, homes, and business to reduce costs, locally generate clean energy from renewable sources, and build resilient infrastructure. The final section of this appendix will present resources for continuing progress toward a more sustainable energy future for communities of the Strafford region.
View an overview of the chapter here.
In 2011-2012 Strafford Regional Planning Commission participated in the Energy Technical Assistance and Planning for New Hampshire Communities (ETAP) program. This two year program was focused on providing energy efficiency technical assistance at no charge to municipalities and counties in NH. ETAP's goal was to advance energy efficiency New Hampshire municipalities and provide the tools communities needed to monitor energy performance. ETAP was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and administered through New Hampshire's Office of Energy and Planning. As part of this program, building assessment were completed in the communities of Northwood, Middleton, Wakefield, Newmarket, Rollinsford, Rochester, Barrington,Brookfield, Durham, Dover, and Somersworth.
Energy Efficiency and Green Building Appendix [Adopted 1/2015] [PDF; 1,056 KB ]
Communities and Facilities [PDF; 210KB October 18, 2011]
Energy Efficiency Transportation Audit [PDF; 73KB October 18, 2011]
Historical Resources [PDF; 89KB October 18, 2011]
Landuse [PDF; 75KB October 18, 2011]
Natural Resources [PDF; 145 KB October 18, 2011]
Recreation [PDF; 62KB October 18, 2011]
Baseline Dashboard [.PDF  6/25/2012]
ETAP Flyer 2012 [.PDF [2MB] 6/25/2012]
Feature Energy Efficiency Projects
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
150 Wakefield Street, Suite 12
Rochester, New Hampshire 03867
Tel: (603) 994-3500 Fax: (603)994-3504