Citizen's Energy Challenge Committee

UPDATE:

The Town and Committee, with the assistance of National Grid, SmartPower, and the Chariho School District’s Earth Club, accomplished the goal of signing up over 100 Richmond households for a free EnergyWise home energy assessment in just a few months! We are now a Rhode Island Energy Champion.

Utilizing National Grid’s criteria for qualified projects, and upon full energy audits of Town buildings at Town Hall, the Police Station, and Public Works, the Committee reviewed the estimated cost savings of all identified improvements and made prioritized recommendations to Council, based on return-on-investment, dual purposes, and existing projects.

The Council agreed, voting unanimously to allocate the $10,000 towards four (4) LED parking lot lightpoles at the Police Station, for Energy Efficiency and Safety! The project is expected to be complete by Fall 2018.

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The Citizen's Energy Challenge Committee was established by the Richmond Town Council on October 3, 2017. The Committee was made up of a group of unpaid volunteers who have expressed an interest in coordinating the Town’s participation in the Rhode Island Energy Challenge.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The committee:

1. Served as public advocates for energy conservation.
2. Took part in the Town’s efforts to engage at least 102 Richmond households in the Richmond Energy Challenge, a number representing five percent of the households in Richmond, as reported in the 2010 U.S. Census.
3. Assisted with publicity and other public outreach to obtain volunteer participants and provide educational material and other assistance to participating households.
4. Advised the Town Council and the Town Administrator on short-term and long-term strategies to promote energy efficiency, save on energy costs, and reduce the environmental impacts of energy usage by the Town and by households and businesses in Richmond.

The committee shall terminate on December 31, 2019 unless extended by further action of the Town Council.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

  • Nicholas Solitro, Chair
  • Denise Stetson, Secretary
  • Richard Galipeau
  • Pierre Duval
  • Vacancy
  • Juliana Berry, Town Planner

Residents signed up for no-cost home assessments by visiting http://www.rienergychallenge.com/ and clicking on the "click here" link. The Town of Richmond reached its goal and received a $10,000 grant from National Grid for an energy efficiency project!

2018 Meeting Schedule (PDF)