PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) is partnering with a group of its commercial members in a pilot program that is adding up to seven publicly available Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations to the state's network.
The pilot program will help NHEC to better understand the use of and need for EV charging stations in its service territory. The number of EVs registered in New Hampshire is expected to double in 2013 and hundreds more visit from out of state, creating opportunities for the expanded development of a network of charging stations that can benefit EV drivers as well as the regional power grid.
NHEC has worked with some of its larger commercial members in the hospitality industry to install EV charging stations this year in North Conway (Red Jacket Mountain View Resort), Woodstock (Woodstock Inn Station), Plymouth (Common Man Inn) and Lincoln (Indian Head Resort). Additional charging stations are planned in Meredith (Church Landing at Mill Falls), and Jackson (Bernerhof Inn). When fully installed, they will complete a ring of stations that are all within the range limits of most EV and Plug-in Hybrid vehicles.
Gary Lemay, NHEC Renewable Energy Engineer and manager of pilot program, notes that "range anxiety" caused by a lack of available charging stations is one of the barriers to the rapid adoption of EV or Plug-in Hybrid technology.
"People with electric vehicles charge first at home, second at work and third at a destination type of location where they will be staying for one to three hours or longer," he said. "That makes these hotels and resorts ideal locations for EV charging stations."
Lemay estimates there are currently 13 Type II EV charging stations that are available for use by the general public in New Hampshire, but less than a handful located north of Concord. The charging stations installed as part of the NHEC pilot will put some of New Hampshire's most scenic terrain, including the White Mountains and Mount Washington Valley, within range for most EV motorists.
By monitoring the use of the charging stations in the NHEC pilot program (both in total kilowatt-hours and actual number of vehicles), NHEC will explore the possibility of a special EV charging rate or further incentives for commercial members to install the chargers.
NHEC is a non-profit electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 11:29
GILFORD — People who are alone for the holiday can brighten their day by taking part in a free Christmas meal at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford.
The members of the congregation along with about 50 or so community volunteers have been serving a free meal on Christmas afternoon for the last 17 years. The meal consists of ham and all the trimmings including candied carrots, stuffing, potatoes, salad, beverages and homemade pie. Carols are sung and good memories are shared of holidays past. There are homemade goodies and plenty of laughter.
Meal organizer Jessica Alward says, "We try to do this meal up right. It is really top drawer. China place settings and linen table cloths are part of how we try to make this feel like a very special Christmas dinner at home. The folks seem to love it, especially the Christmas tree in the dining room and singing carols during the fellowship hour prior to dinner. I just love hearing all the laughter in the room and seeing the smiles on people's faces."
Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 11:24
MOULTONBOROUGH — Residents and Taxpayers in need of an Open-Burning permit can now obtain one 24/7 on-line. Applications for an Open-Burning permit can be made on the Town website of www.moultonboroughnh.gov.
From the home page, one should click on Departments andBoards, and then click on Fire & Emergency Services, and then click on Open-Burning Permits. People can also go to https://nhdflweb.sovsportsnet.net, fill out the required information, and print off a permit, all without leaving their home. The cost of an on-line permit is $3. The
For those who prefer they may continue to apply in person for the no cost fire permit at the Town's Public Safety Building at 1035 Whittier Highway or at Chick-A-Dee Station at 473 Whittier Highway. Commercial Permits still require an in person application to the local Fire Warden at the Town's Public Safety Buildings who will process it in accord with current practice.
The Town of Moultonborough is one of 15 cities and towns across the State chosen to participate in this trial web-based fire permitting system. The system was recently launched by the NH Division of Forests and Lands based within the Department of Resources and Economic Development. It is expected that the permit system will be launched statewide next summer. The system was created by Sovereign Sportsman Solutions based out of Tennessee. This same company handles on-line fishing and hunting licenses for the NH Fish and Game Department.
Joel Mudgett, Chairman of the Moultonborough Selectmen said, "This is but one more way in which the Town continues to expand people's access to Town services anywhere anytime. I want to thank the Town Administrator, Carter Terenzini, and Fire Chief, David Bengtson, for turning their idea of last summer into reality."
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:48
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Rotary recently invited Sarah Sutherland to their morning meeting, to speak in her capacity as a board member of the Plymouth Area Community Closet.
Sutherland explained that four critical programs are organized by the Plymouth Area Community Closet to assist local families that are struggling financially and who find themselves with unmet needs. These programs include: the Food Pantry, Meals for Many, the Financial Assistance Program (for such things as fuel purchase), and the Thrift Shop. Proceeds from Thrift Shop sales help support and fund the other three programs.
The work of the Food Pantry is of particular importance at this time of year when so many are finding it difficult to put adequate, nutritious food on the table, and the Food Pantry shelves have emptied quickly. Learning of the dire need, the Plymouth Rotary Board voted to donate $1,000 to the Food Pantry and President Kathy Kearns handed Sarah Sutherland a check to help the cause.
However, the Rotarians didn't stop there. Rotarian Moe Lafreniere, CFO of the Common Man Family of Restaurants, created a Food Donation Box located at the Plymouth Common Man Inn and Restaurant (where Plymouth Rotary meets every morning at 7 a.m.. Moe urges members of the club and like-minded community members to join him in filling the box many times over. In the spirit of holiday giving and following the lead of the Common Man's initiatives to "Do Good" in the community, the Food Donation Box will be accessible in the lobby right through the holidays.
If it is more convenient, community members may also send a check of support to the Plymouth Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 393, Plymouth, New Hampshire with "food support" listed in the memo. At the end of the food drive, the Plymouth Rotary will ensure that the food collected, and the monies received, will benefit those who need it most.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:41