Lebanon Community Power
About Lebanon Community Power
Lebanon Community Power (LCP) is being designed to bring greener, less expensive electric power options to Lebanon customers of Liberty Utilities default energy service. The program is anticipated to begin in 2022 if Lebanon City Council approves the Electric Aggregation Plan proposed by the Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee (LEAC).
Lebanon Community Power will help us reach our goal of relying less on fossil fuel-generated electricity and relying more on local renewable energy. It is being designed to save money as well as bring new efficiencies, value-added services, and rate options to local electricity consumers.
New Hampshire Law
New Hampshire law allows municipalities and counties to become alternative default electricity suppliers, responsible for procuring electric generation (supply) to match customer loads (consumption) in real-time, putting power into the grid to match what customers take out.
Operation and Cost
The electric distribution utility, Liberty Utilities, will still own the lines and charge for distributing the electricity. They will continue to manage the billing for energy supply but will remit that portion to Lebanon Community Power. Lebanon Community Power will not cost Lebanon taxpayers anything. Except for incidental start-up expenses, all operating costs for services provided through the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire (CPCNH) will be bundled into the power bills customers pay.
How It Will Work
Lebanon customers of Liberty Utilities default energy service will not need to do anything to join Lebanon Community Power. At least one month in advance of the launch of the program, customers will receive a notice that they will be enrolled in Lebanon Community Power unless they opt-out to remain with Liberty. The notice will include the Liberty rate and the Lebanon Community Power rate to compare. This opt-out enrollment will happen only once for each existing and new default service customer. Electric customers will be able to opt-out of the Lebanon Community Power program to stay with Liberty Utilities default energy service. Customers currently purchasing through competitive suppliers may choose to opt-in to Lebanon Community Power at the launch of the program or in the future. Customers will be free to leave Lebanon Community Power if they are unhappy with the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information about the Lebanon Community Power program, please review the following answers to frequently asked questions. You can also download this entire document to review or print.
- What is Community Power?
- What is the purpose of an LCP Electric Aggregation Plan?
- What are the key features of Lebanon Community Power?
- Will everyone be required to use Lebanon Community Power?
- Will Liberty Utilities continue to deliver my electricity?
- If I have net-metered solar PV, can I still participate in Lebanon Community Power?
- What are the benefits of Community Power?
- What is the Community Power Coalition of NH (CPCNH/The Coalition)?
- Are taxpayers at risk with the City joining CPCNH or launching Lebanon Community Power?
- What are the objectives and near-term requirements of the LCP program?
- What is the background on developing the coalition?
How to Get Involved
Please review the following information to learn how you can learn more and get involved.
Attend a Meeting
Learn more about this exciting opportunity at a public hearing on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 7:00pm. Come in person to the new City Council Chambers located in Lebanon City Hall or attend online by going to LebanonNH.gov/LIVE. A presentation will provide an overview of the Lebanon Community Power Plan with plenty of time for questions and comments. A second public hearing is planned for Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 6:00pm, also in Lebanon City Hall Council Chambers and LebanonNH.gov/LIVE.
If you are unable to attend the planned public hearings or you have feedback you would like to provide, please use our Boards and Committees feedback form to submit your comments to the Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee.
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LCP in the News
The following are recent news stories and highlights from outside news agencies and organizations. These links will take you off the City of Lebanon website.
- Community power promises lower rates, greener electricity - Jonathan Chaffee, Opinion Column, VNews.com
- A former mill town takes control of the future of its power supply - NHPR.org
- What's next for Community Power in NH? - NHPR.org