New Hampshire's Energy Strategy: Lower Costs, Less Focus on Subsidies

May 1, 2018

New Hampshire has high electricity rates, a major nuclear power plant, and has been in a years-long battle over hydropower development. How do these factors impact energy policy in the Granite State? We look at the state's newly updated energy plan, which prioritizes lowering rates, and has less to say about mass transit and renewable energy.

GUESTS:

  • Jeb Bradley - Senate Majority Leader and Vice-chair of the Energy Committee.
  • Dan Dolan -  President of the New England Power Generators association, which represents 80% of the installed generation capacity in New England. 
  • Sam Evans-Brown - Host of Outside/In and former environmental reporter for NHPR.
  • Don Kreis - Consumer Advocate, who works on behalf of New Hampshire utility ratepayers. 
  • Annie Ropeik - Reporter covering energy, development, and the environmental for NHPR. 

Related Reading:

Check out the full plan, here:

Read the whole plan here:

Here are a list of bills in the N.H. Legislature related to energy in 2018:

HB 317 prohibits the PUC from increasing the system benefits charge without legislative approval. 

HB 365 deals the solicitation of a renewable energy as part of the default energy service by distribution companies. 

HB 577 deals with the Burgess BioPower plant in Berlin. 

HB 1550 requires utilities to display the cost of the renewable portfolio standards on electric bills. 

HB 1555 requires the PUC to advocate on behalf of New Hampshire when negotiating on regional energy issues. 

You can read Annie Ropeik's reporting on energy issues here.