Renewable Energy Panel at the Library!

Panel On Renewable Energy On Oct. 11

By Marianne Salcetti, Troy Conservation Commission

Community members are invited to a panel discussion, “Renewable Energy in New Hampshire: Current and Future Prospects” on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Gay Kimball Library in Troy, 10 S. Main St.

Panel members reflect various aspects of renewable energy, which is increasingly gaining support and usage by homeowners, businesses and other groups throughout the state and nation. Pat Martin is a retired electrical engineer and Chair of the Rindge Energy Commission. She frequently offers expert testimony on energy and environmental issues to the N.H. Public Utilities Commission and legislative hearings on energy policy. She is a U.S. Air Force veteran and member of Operation Free, a veteran’s group working to raise awareness about security threats posed by climate change. She will discuss the various forms of renewable energy like solar, wind, biomass and geothermal.

Stephanie Scherr is founder and director of ECHO Action NH, formed to opposed the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline and currently involved in efforts to stop fracked gas use. She is a science teacher and member of the national Stop The Pipelines Coalition and testified at the People’s Federal Energy Regulatory (FERC) hearing at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. this past summer. Ms. Scherr will discuss the role of social media in staying involved and aware of renewable energy issues.

Susan Silverman is a long-time member and currently chair of the Fitzwilliam Board of Selectmen. A professor of fine arts at Franklin Pierce University, she represented Fitzwilliam on the N.H. Municipal Pipeline Coalition, formed to oppose the KM pipeline. Recently, she helped map and designate prime wetlands in Fitzwilliam. She will share her experience and observations of what it was like for Fitzwilliam to be approached by a large energy company planning to install a massive solar facility in the town and the feasibility of small towns to develop their own solar facilities.

N.H. State Representative Marjorie Shepardson currently represents Troy and Marlborough in the N.H. House. Currently in her third term, she has proposed numerous bills dealing with renewable energy, with one becoming law this year regarding the state’s Energy Efficiency Fund. Rep. Shepardson serves on the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee, along with the Energy Committee of the Marlborough Conservation Commission. She will provide legislative and political updates on renewable energy issues being debated and considered by the N.H. Legislature.

Each panel member will give a brief presentation and then take audience questions. The event is free and open to the public. The Troy Conservation Commission is sponsoring the panel.