Dan Clapp and his family with Senator Shaheen

Dan Clapp and his family meet with Senator Shaheen to show her how a recent solar installation works

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) toured affordable housing communities today in Conway and Berlin and commended their investments in clean energy and energy efficiency measures that are helping reduce consumption and emissions:

“We are extremely pleased to have Senator Shaheen visit Conway Pines and have a chance to see the green and energy efficient features we use in the workforce housing project,” said Chris Davies, a managing member of Great Bridge Properties, which was established in 2000 to build and renovate affordable housing projects like Conway Pines.

“New Hampshire is leading the nation in the practical application of renewable energy policy, and you can see that right here in Berlin,” said Rob Riley, president of the Northern Forest Center, of the energy efficiency improvement projects at the Berlin Housing Authority. The projects are part of a joint investment in the Berlin Housing Authority from the Northern Forest Center’s Berlin Model Neighborhood and the Berlin BetterBuildings program. The energy efficiency effort is expected to help the Berlin Housing Authority save $11,000 a year on heating fuel costs.

Riley added, “We’re thrilled with the success of the Model Neighborhood Project, and that the Center could help Berlin Housing Authority switch from heating with oil to heating with wood pellets. This energy-efficient technology combined with building improvements is a win-win for our economy and our environment. We applaud Senator Shaheen for championing energy efficiency and innovation through the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.”

The Shaheen-Portman legislation builds upon several Shaheen-Portman energy provisions that were signed into law last year and offers a deficit-neutral framework designed to promote the transition to a more energy efficient economy while driving economic growth and encouraging private sector job creation.

Full article available at: http://www.shaheen.senate.gov/news/press/release/?id=7e16d5ec-5f97-4ac6-a353-2df3052986b2