Published: 4/6/2019 12:01:37 AM
In July 2018, the city of Concord adopted a 100 percent renewable energy goal by a unanimous vote of the city council. Specifically, the city committed to the following: 100 percent of electricity consumed will come from renewable energy sources by 2030; 100 percent of energy consumed for heating and cooling will come from renewable energy sources by 2050; and 100 percent of transportation will be clean transportation by 2050.
These goals apply to the entire community, not just the city’s operations. The resolution created the Concord Energy and Environment Committee to develop a strategic plan.
Emerging technologies for heating and cooling buildings should be explored, such as heat pumps, geothermal and biomass. Transportation alternatives are not so immediate, awaiting development of electric-powered vehicles. Charging stations need to be installed where workers and shoppers park their cars. The city should consider gradually replacing its fleet of vehicles and buses to electric power when they are replaced.
No person or business will be required to change the type of vehicle they drive or their heating system. The plan’s goal is to put everyone in Concord on a path to a cleaner environment and a more sustainable energy future.
Meetings are being held to gather input from a stakeholder group of local organizations and businesses. Public informational meetings will be held April 24 at the Concord Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road, from 6 to 8 p.m.; May 4 at the Penacook Community Center, 76 Community Dr., from 2 to 4 p.m.; and May 6 at the City Council Chambers, 37 Green St., from 6 to 8 p.m.
GERALD M. EATON
(The writer is a member of the Concord Energy and Environment Committee.)