Pass SB 129, save 900 jobs in New Hampshire
- Jun 1, 2017 2:17 pm GMT
This much-needed, bipartisan clean energy bill advances biomass jobs, forest products jobs, sawmill jobs, clean energy jobs and solar jobs. These are good jobs and good industries right here in the Granite State.
SB 129 makes an important fix to New Hampshire’s renewable portfolio standards law (also called the “RPS”) that will help sustain the biomass power plants. Good paying
One needs to look no further than the biomass power plant in
The biomass industry is also critical to New Hampshire’s statewide natural resource-based economy and its scenic character. It is the one area where our energy policy intersects with our natural resource policy. Not only does the biomass industry produce electricity, but the biomass plants also serve as the market for low-grade wood.
SB 129 also supports and advances more than 1,200 solar-related jobs in
As we continue to promote
Opponents have tried to label this bill as a “hidden tax.” This is far from the truth. The RPS was passed over 10 years ago. The programs and industries that have participated in the RPS have yielded significant benefit to the state’s ratepayers in terms of energy diversification, state economic activity, thousands of jobs and reducing peak demand, all of which contribute to lowering electric rates and the promotion of a strong
How do you determine whether a law and program is worth the investment? We look at the return on investment.
Although RPS opponents continue to call it a subsidy and claim higher rates, the fact is our state’s renewable energy industries and programs provide value in lowering bills, creating and sustaining
Instead, our support of these renewable energy industries means we continue to receive the benefits of reduced electricity costs brought about by ensuring we have effective and updated renewable energy policies, like those in SB 129.
At the end of the day, the benefits in terms of jobs and economic activity far outweigh the cost.
It is time to move forward with this bipartisan effort to support and sustain our renewable energy industries. It’s time to pass SB 129 and support our
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