The Ammonoosuc Regional Energy Team encourages and supports economically and environmentally sensible energy practices in the Ammonoosuc region of Northern New Hampshire.
2004: A FOCUS ON Climate CHange ACTION
Following the 2004 presidential election, a group of concerned citizens in New Hampshire concluded that more action was necessary to put the issue of climate change into the public eye. The NH Carbon Coalition was founded by a former Republican state senator and the former chairman of the state Democratic Party. Realizing that the nation focuses briefly on New Hampshire every four years during the presidential primary, the Carbon Coalition decided to encourage grassroots activity to ensure that climate change was a more important part of the discussion.
2007: LOCAL AND REGIONAL ENERGY TEAMS
The NH Climate Change Resolution was drafted, calling on the federal government to prioritize climate change policy, and also requesting that New Hampshire communities form local energy committees (LECs) to promote this in their towns. The resolution passed in 164 towns in March 2007. LECs were formed in Bethlehem, Franconia, and Littleton, and it soon became apparent that some of the work at hand would be done more effectively from a regional perspective. After organizing a successful area-wide light bulb drive and staging two very well-attended energy fairs at the Profile School in 2008, LEC volunteers from area towns decided to formalize their association by founding the Ammonoosuc Regional Energy Team.
2011: NON-PROFIT STATUS
With inspired leadership from Jack Cook, and excellent pro bono help from Samaha & Russell, PA, the Ammonoosuc Regional Energy Team was registered as a non-profit corporation with the State of New Hampshire in June 2011 and continues as such to this day.
OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
Updated May 2019
Chip Stowell, Franconia - President
James Fitzpatrick, Franconia - Secretary
Dan Crosby, Bethlehem - Treasurer
Carl Martland, Sugar Hill
Chuck Phillips, Bethlehem
Kris Pieper, Littleton
Jack Cook, Franconia (Emeritus)
David Van Houten, Bethlehem (Emeritus)