Carsey Policy Hour

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The Carsey Policy Hour (formerly Coffee & Conversations) engages policymakers, public service professionals, and active citizens and organizations in the issues and policies that affect the people and places of New Hampshire. Each month features a dynamic expert speaker (or two), followed by an interactive audience discussion. The intent is to foster learning, problem-solving, and collaboration in service of New Hampshire's common good. Sessions are held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 8 – 9 am. Spring 2024 dates are: January 10, February 14, March 13, April 10, May 8, and June 12.


March 13, 2024

8 – 9 AM


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Community (Em)power in New Hampshire: Electricity by the People, for the People

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Reeling from high electricity costs? Worried about climate change? Granite Staters pride themselves on working with their neighbors to develop community-level solutions to social challenges, and multiple innovative approaches to energy issues are developing in the state. Jeannie Oliver from the NH Community Loan Fund and Henry Herndon of Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire will join us to discuss their organizations’ approaches to bringing Community Power and energy equity through community solar to New Hampshire.

Jeannie Oliver

Jeannie Oliver, Senior Director of ROC-NH, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund 

Jeannie Oliver is the Senior Director of ROC-NH, a program of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund that helps residents in New Hampshire’s manufactured-home parks acquire and operate them as resident-owned communities (ROCs). Jeannie brings to this role her prior experiences with renewable energy and climate justice by helping ROCs identify opportunities to improve their communities’ infrastructure and participate in clean-energy programs that improve residents’ economic and environmental well-being. Previously, Jeannie was a Professor of Law and Staff Attorney at the Vermont Law and Graduate School’s Energy Clinic. She worked with faculty and students there to provide law, policy, and advocacy services to clients pursuing clean-energy and climate-justice solutions, including the development of solar projects for low- to moderate-income communities in New Hampshire. Jeannie has also worked for the Vermont Dept. of Public Service, focusing on net metering, utility-project siting, and utility-rate cases, and in private practice advising clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters. 

Originally from New Zealand, Jeannie has a law degree from the University of Auckland, and an LLM in Environmental Law and an LLM in American Legal Studies from Vermont Law School. 

Henry Herndon

Henry Herndon, Director of Member Services, Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire 

Henry Herndon played a key leadership role in founding the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire, a public power agency providing electricity service to ~120,000 customers in 28 New Hampshire cities and towns. The Coalition is made up of more than 50 city, town, and county members representing more than 30% of the state’s population. Henry led critical public advocacy efforts to shape the state laws that enable Community Power. As Director of Member Services, Henry leads the Coalition's Member Services Team responsible for supporting municipalities and counties across the state to adopt, launch, and operate Community Power programs. Community Power gives New Hampshire cities and towns local control over the revenues associated with electricity sales in their community, and the ability to choose which electricity sources to purchase from. Through business operations, and public policy advocacy on behalf of its member communities, the Coalition is designed to empower cities and towns to develop their own local clean energy projects and programs.  

Henry has a BA in Political Science and an MS in Natural Resources from UNH. 

Additional Sessions

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The Challenge of Staffing State and Local Government in New Hampshire

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Our Partners

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The State of New Hampshire provides a unique program of continuing professional development through the Bureau of Education and Training (BET). The Bureau offers a variety of training programs — including LEAN process Improvement and management and Certified Public Supervisor/Manager credentialling — to all public employees of New Hampshire.

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The Certified Public Manager® program is a nationally accredited comprehensive management development program specifically for managers in federal, state, and local government. The program's primary goal is to improve the performance of public sector managers and the organizational performance of state, local, and federal government. In New Hampshire, the program is divided into two levels: Level I (called the Certified Public Supervisor program) and Levell II, which results in CPM status being awarded.

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