May 18, 2016

Energy Conservation Committee Minutes May 18, 2016


Attendees: Peter Cooper, Ron Bolt, Bill Gendreau, John Lofgren, and David Van Houten

Administrative Matters:

The minutes of the 13 April 2016 meeting were approved.

Lighting Retrofits

The Phase II contract has been signed by the Town and installation at the Opera House and Police Station could begin as early as the end of May. Peter will follow-up with LighTec Inc. on the proper location of the Phase I photocell on the footbridge, and Ron will check with the Senior Center on the proper operation of one of their Phase I sensors.

Energy Audits

Bill just received the energy audit report on the Opera House and Fire Department performed by Jamie Myers. Committee members had not had sufficient time to review the details but, in general, the paybacks are generally not good for the fire station but better for some items in the Opera House. Bill will now share the reports with the Opera House Commission, Fire Chief, and Town Manager and propose follow-up meetings with the Commission and Chief in the near future, but certainly before on next meeting on 8 June. The goals would be to make a joint presentation to the Board of Selectmen on 13 June. The presentation would include information on how the audits were conducted, the findings, and recommendations.

A lengthy discussion ensued on taking a broader and more integrated look at building energy efficiency, particularly at the fire station. Some calculations should be done, for example, on the costs associated with fixing/modifying the heating system at the fire station v. the cost savings from tightening up the building v. the comfort level and lift expectancy of the fire station. Bill was asked to see if Jamie Myers is capable and willing to make an estimate of heat load/demand at the fire station (given the poor information we have on consumption).

Fire Station Heating

Several Committee members met with the Town Manager and Fire Chief on 4 May to discuss the approach to the RFP to fix the heating system at the fire station.

Ammonoosuc Regional Energy Team

David indicated that the Solarize Ammonoosuc project will conclude on 23 May. The project has reached Tier IV status (100-120 kW). David mentioned uncertainty about the net metering cap may have retarded interest in some prospects.

Other Business

  • NH Solar Garden has once again proposed a land-lease arrangement with the Town for the use of the retired landfill for a solar PV system. This proposal would deliver and sell the energy to the grid, not Littleton Water & Light. A meeting to discuss this proposal with the Town Manager and LW&L is scheduled for 20 May. David recommended contacting Eli Emerson, a local attorney with experience in solar projects.
  • Bill G. broached the subject of promoting the installation of electric vehicle charging stations to the Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber opted to not canvas its members for interest. Bill will pursue individual property owners. We believe the CO-OP is still planning an installation.
  • Peter attended the Green Building Council Conference but did not come away with any items for the Committee to consider.
  • The Town has been approached by the NH Office of Energy and Planning/Department of Environmental Services regarding our participation in a new energy efficiency opportunity – a grant-funded outreach and education effort for NH waste water treatment plants. The first step to start collection and analyzing data for participants. The Committee has recommended Town participation.

Next meeting: Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 9 AM, at the Community Center

Ron Bolt, Secretary