Hope in New Hampshire
- Dec 16, 2021 9:32 pm GMT
Momentum seems to be growing in opposition to a decision in New Hampshire that would cancel state subsidies for energy efficiency upgrades.
Here’s how the original decision was summed up in a recent NPR article on the controversy:
“In mid-November, the state’s Public Utilities Commission rejected a three-year plan to expand energy efficiency programs in the state. That plan was supported by utility companies and other major stakeholders and would have cost about $350 million for NH Saves. That money comes from what’s known as the system benefits charge on customers’ electricity bills.
Instead, the PUC reversed course: decreasing the rates of funding for those programs and advocating for “market-based” energy efficiency programs. The commissioners said that the price of the original proposal was too high and would place “an enormous burden on New Hampshire ratepayers.” It also did away with performance incentives for utilities, which meant those companies would earn more if customers saved more.”
Now, however, the state’s consumer advocate and the commissioner of energy are asking the PUC to revise their decision. Governor Chris Sununu voiced his support for a revision on Tuesday.
The subsidies are still up in the air, but it’s good to see a concerted pushback against the cuts. Energy efficiency has stagnated for much of the past decade, which has represented a huge lost opportunity for dollar and carbon savings. The tide seems to be turning this year, with a number of states and municipalities expanding EV programs and regulations. However, there’s still work to be done.
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