Date: 
Jan 30, 2015

New Hampshire's current "net-metering" law may need an update.

Under the net-metering law, utilities must pay a residential customer for any excess energy the customer generates with solar panels.  That helps customers pay for the cost of installing panels.

However, the law also limits net-metering to 50 megawatts statewide, divided among the various utilities.

Date: 
Mar 27, 2015

This week House budget writers drafted a new proposal for funding the Department of Transportation (DOT).  The proposal uses money from the Renewable Energy Fund and decreases funding for UNH.

Originally a group of four Republicans proposed raising the gas tax to fund a major shortfall in the DOT, but that idea fell flat in the House.

Date: 
Apr 22, 2015

According to a recent study from Wallethub, New Hampshire is the seventh most eco-friendly state in the U.S.

Wallethub ranked states based on fourteen factors, such as air and water quality, carbon dioxide emissions, renewable energy consumption, and recycling.

Date: 
Jun 17, 2015

On Tuesday House and Senate budget negotiators agreed to use $1.8 million from the Renewable Energy Fund for homeland security.

 

Date: 
Jul 08, 2015

In July the state Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) will decide if it will reconsider a proposal for a small wind power plant in Antrim, New Hampshire.

The SEC rejected the proposal in 2013 because of the "unreasonable adverse (visual) effect" on the region, particularly the Willard Pond Sanctuary.

Date: 
Jul 20, 2015

On Wednesday, July 22 the Executive Council will vote on whether or not to approve a grant for a large solar panel installation in Manchester.

Date: 
Aug 05, 2015

On Monday President Barack Obama (D) released the details of a Clean Power Plan, which gives states fifteen years to reduce national carbon dioxide emissions by 32% from 2005 levels.

Date: 
Dec 17, 2015

Legislators will consider at least three bills in 2016 to raise the net metering cap for residents who install solar panels.

Date: 
May 09, 2016

On Friday, May 6 Gov. Maggie Hassan issued an executive order setting a goal of a 50% reduction in aggregate fossil fuel use in state government by the year 2030.  The order also sets a goal of a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the state passenger vehicle fleet.

Date: 
Jan 19, 2017

New Hampshire’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requires utility companies to obtain a certain percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources.

Renewable energy sources include wind turbines, hydroelectric dams, solar panels, biomass plants, etc.

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