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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Potential Cost Savings By Neighboring Towns Pooling Electricity

At the June 6th regional Selectmen meeting, the seven participating towns discussed pooling the purchase of electricity with a small, but significant savings of maybe $3000-5000 per town annually. Serving Moultonboro, New Hampshire Electric Coop is the smallest of NH's electric companies with a market share of about 11%. Being so small, the savings are more difficult to squeeze out, but still significant.  More importantly though, it proves the hypothesis that towns can work together to be more efficient.
There are many opportunities out there to regionalize municipal services, not just to save money, but to improve services. We just need to continue to think out of the box and not be afraid to try something new. Duplicating the exact service just across the town line just doesn't always make sense.
Perhaps each of the seven towns participating can next look at some best practice models in each town for the services they provide, so that the other member towns can build on that success. Following that, a test model for how these services in one or two areas can be implemented regionally to continue to prove the concept.
Each town is unique and independent, and the resistance to any change to that  will be hard to overcome, but it is possible if we just keep at it and keep the the conversations going.


Fred Van Magness said...

Time for bigger thinking. Just look at Meredith and what they have done with renewables at their schools. We could do likewise, if the schools got their act together, Lots of room for solar arrays in the open fields, parking lots, tops of buildings, etc. etc. Lyons club property could be another site with lots of open space. We should be having serious discussions with Meredith to learn how they are doing it. I think I read that their solar is providing 100% of school energy. Savings would be substantially bigger than the $3000-5000 with pooling. Since we are planning to buy a new emergency generator, have we checked to see if another NH town is looking at also buying a generator to get an amalgamated and discounted price? What about road paving? All towns do it. Why not combine requirements for a BIG contract ? Then there are things like gas/diesel, propane, tires, vehicles, DPW equipment. Everything we buy is probably also being bought by other towns. I applaud the BOS for starting the dialog and process. Now is the time to take it to the next level.

Anonymous said...

Celebrate possibly saving 3 to 5 thousand dollars on electricity while we have spent how many hundreds of thousands of dollars making major purchases and funding studies for failed community center/gym initiatives. The Village Vision and sidewalks may be next money pit.

I don't expect you to publish this, blogger, as the truth hurts and you are one of proponents of both. You don't have a problem pointing out the failures of one of our reps by name but won't allow anything negative concerning our town government. It is very disingenuous of you.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

Disingenuous? It is disingenuous of you to criticize and not tell us your name, although considering the overt negativity, not a hard guess as to who you really are. I am a private citizen and I will support what I want and criticize what I want. Don't like it? Oh well....

Anonymous said...

Exactly. I am a private citizen, as well, and want to keep it that way. It is your blog but you have published guidelines that seem to change frequently. Federal, State, local and sometimes even Town Meeting votes are secret. It is well entrenched in our politics.

I suspect we will see your name on a ballot again within a year. It is your blog and you are free to do what you want. You lost most of your following when you decided you would only publish pro-Community Center responses. I agree with you with on many points with the exception of spending millions in the village for whatever reason.