News : Renewable Energy Policies Had a Tough Year in the New Hampshire House and Senate

Aug 12, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

By Craig Robert Brown

A series of amended bills that would repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), statute RSA 362-F, went before the New Hampshire House and Senate earlier this year. In July, the bill was vetoed leaving the funding programs virtually unchanged. While this may be good news to some, the life of the bill and the discussion it raised amongst politicians, business owners and New Hampshire residents could have far reaching effects into the future.

Back in February, the Republican led committee voted to amend HB-208 presented by State Rep. Richard Barry, R-Merrimack, who originally brought the same concept to the table in 2011 and again in 2012. The amendment was designed to keep New Hampshire in RGGI, but would rebate all RGGI auction proceeds to ratepayers instead of using part of the rebates, as it currently does, to invest in low-income and municipal energy efficiency projects.

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