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2009 July 14


Colebrook Energy and Environment Committee Minutes      July 14, 2009

Attending:  Chris Gueymard, Brian LaPerle, Cathy Thomas, Julie Moran                    7:00 PM


Energy Committee website:  Much discussion, but not enough content or time to put it together yet.  The LEC group does have a wiki page for us, and puts whatever we submit to them (http://www.carboncoalition.org/community/EnergyCommitteesResources.php; see also http://www.nhenergy.org/index.php?title=Main_Page).  And the town has a page (http://www.colebrook-nh.com/Public_Documents/index) if we want to use it.  It was decided to shelf this until next January so we can focus on the Expo for the next few months.  Everyone at the meeting is getting the LEC emails, but not always able to read them each week.  

Energy Expo:  Dick reports that it will be on Saturday, Nov 7, 2009, at the Colebrook Elementary School.  For speakers and rooms, a better organization than last year is needed, due to lack of sufficient program advertisement on the Expo floor, problems with parallel session, time slips, and lack of break between sessions. A written program, to be distributed at the entrance, would help. Brian wants us to giveaway door prizes.  This would be on a regular basis during the day to keep the interest high.  Long discussion on the need to focus on promotion for this Expo, as it will be the way to get the information to people.  We need to focus all of our attention for the next 3 meetings, on this Expo.  The following ideas were discussed.

Expo Promotion Ideas:
  • Go to Moose Festival and Harvest Fair; what should we "demonstrate" at the latter?
  • Man a booth with members talking up the Expo
  • Call papers for Press on the Expo
  • Have a Guest Speaker for Sept meeting to talk about Funding for weatherization (OEP)
  • Do a survey on public satisfaction about the Expo
Energy Audit Need is Huge:  Need Training and Equipment for unemployed factory workers to get to work doing Energy Audits (which can include blower door tests and thermography), and weatherization.  Question:  can people afford these Audits?  Projected cost is $500-2000 for one audit.  Chris suggested that maybe an Energy Audit co-op be formed to get the equipment and training, possibly using some stimulus money in the process, and provide new jobs to unemployed people.  Others didn't see how that would fix the issue in the short term.  

District Heating Project:  The "Colebrook Energy and Environment Committee" (CEEC) consists of Kevin McKinnon, Dick Harris and Julie Moran, who work with Donna Caron and the Select Board, or Roland Cotnoir.  Current emphasis is on getting information gathered, making a task list and schedule, doing an Energy Inventory, Engineering Study, publicity to the public.  There is also a much larger Task Force working to move forward the projects of Biomass/District Heating in the North Country.  Those members are beginning to work together to advise the Colebrook District Heating project.  

Meeting was adjourned at 9:40, but discussion went on until 10:00.

Notes taken and recorded by:


Julie Moran



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