Inside this Edition of the Freedom Energy Logistics Muni Minute

Freedom Energy Logistics | November 2022

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Increasing Resiliency During Times of Natural Gas Scarcity

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OnDemand Energy Storage Benefits for your Municipality

NHMA Recap

Increasing Resiliency During Times of Natural Gas Scarcity

Dileep Prabhakar, Regional Sales Director

At the beginning of 2020, natural gas was plentiful and readily available. Even in New England, where pipeline constraints push natural gas and electricity markets higher, the region could keep those risks primarily in check due to ample supply. However, in March 2020, COVID brought the world to a standstill, and natural gas hit lows not seen in 20 years. Because of Mass Re-openings in 2021, demand has severely outpaced supply leading to our current situation. Assuming New England cannot get pipeline infrastructure built and continues to be vulnerable to LNG shipment costs, what can the region do to lessen our reliance on natural gas?

Transition to nuclear power. Nuclear Power can produce a lot of electricity by splitting atoms with no carbon emissions and significantly reduce the region’s natural gas reliance.

Continue development of renewable energy resources. Hydrogen, solar, and wind must become more mainstream on a macro and end-user level.

Limit consumption during times of peak usage through demand response. Battery Storage is a great way to achieve this without clients having to shut down equipment. 

Invest in the grid and powerlines. The PowerGrid is outdated and not set up for the renewable future, let alone the current infrastructure. Nationwide, the grid will need to be upgraded and secured to handle the changing infrastructure.

Convert to heat pumps at both the commercial and residential levels. Heat pumps are a great way to control the climate in both the winter and summer months.

Each of the above supports the goal of carbon neutrality, and the desire to move away from fossil fuels.

Dileep continues the conversation and shares more details and insight into this topic in Freedom Energy’s upcoming newsletter out in December of this year.

OnDemand Energy Storage Benefits for your Municipality

Experience financial, operational, and performance benefits with a ‘no out-of-pocket’ cost advanced battery energy storage solution at through the OnDemand Energy Storage as a Service (ESaaS) program. Program participants are not responsible for the energy storage asset’s financing, implementation, and operation. Participants also enjoy savings on electric bills and, in some cases, may even receive a payment.

OnDemand Energy Storage Benefits

  • No upfront capital costs
  • Uninterrupted Demand Response participation and continue DR revenues
  • Bill savings from capacity and demand charge management
  • Share of battery grid-service revenues (where applicable)
  • Advanced asset management, monitoring, and dispatch
  • Comprehensive operation & maintenance
  • Support for resiliency goals
  • Support for sustainability goals
  • Equipment Service and Warranties
  • Performance Guarantees

Contact our energy experts to explore OnDemand Energy Storage solutions for your municipality.

At the New Hampshire Municipal Association’s Annual Conference, Massachusetts City and Town Representatives Share Insights on Community Choice Aggregation Experiences

Together with our strategic partner, Colonial Power Group, we were delighted to present two workshops at the New Hampshire Municipal Association’s Annual Conference (NHMA) with the support of former and current Massachusetts city and town representatives.

Mark Cappadona, President, and Stuart Ormsbee, VP, Power Supply Strategies, of Colonial Power Group, presented a session on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), sharing success stories of many participating Massachusetts cities and towns. Attendees had an opportunity to learn about the benefits, best practices, steps in the process, and even the challenges of CCA.

Participating panelists from Massachusetts communities included the past City Manager from the City of Lowell, MA, the City Council President & Chair of the City of Marlboro Municipal Aggregation Committee, and a member of the Board of Selectmen for the town of Conway, MA. Thank you all, panelists, for sharing your experience with Community Choice Aggregation with New Hampshire municipalities.

Bart Fromuth, CEO of Freedom Energy, presented a session on net metering. He addressed what it is, how it works, the benefits, and insights into how to participate. Bart was joined by the Town Manager from the Town of Merrimack and the County Manager from Sullivan County. Both addressed their experiences as Net Metering Program participants and answered audience questions.

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