June 13, 2019
Contact Name: Sara Persechino
Phone: (603) 271-3479
CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire Senate concurred with the House of Representatives on three energy related bills: SB 165, relative to net energy metering by low-moderate income community solar projects; SB 168, relative to class 2 obligations under the electric renewable portfolio standards; and SB 206, excluding the cost of lobbying and political activity from the rates of public utilities.
Prime sponsor Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) released the following statement after the votes:
“Working together, today’s bipartisan approval of three energy bills will help move New Hampshire forward on renewable energy and climate action and save rate payers money.
SB 165 builds on bipartisan legislation to establish community solar projects in New Hampshire and ensures everyone has access to the benefits of solar power, including people who live in manufactured home parks and multi-family housing.
When it comes to investments in the solar industry, New Hampshire is currently at a competitive disadvantage because surrounding states are outpacing us. By ramping up new solar to 5.4% of our renewable portfolio standards by 2025, SB 168 takes the equivalent of 200,000 cars off the road in reduced emissions. That’s good for our efforts to combat climate change, protect public health, and advance the jobs of tomorrow.
And SB 206 protects rate payers by ensuring the costs of lobbying, candidate contributions, and inaugural slush funds are not part of Granite Staters’ energy bills.”