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NH Policy Update March 22, 2019, from Clean Energy NH

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POLICY UPDATES

March 22, 2019

WEEKLY RECAP

*Please refer key below for acronyms & narrative describing status of some key bills

HB365

(relative to net metering)

Passed the full House with over 2/3 majority vote; great result! Please thank your legislators

HB715

(relative to energy storage)

Passed the full House

HB562

(relative to state building code)

Passed the full House with updates to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code!

HB582

(directs more RGGI funds to energy efficiency)

Passed the full House

UPCOMING NEXT WEEK: HEARINGS

*No hearings next week

UPCOMING NEXT WEEK: FULL VOTES

SB72

(relative to REC sweeping)

Voted OTP by Senate ENR Committee

SB165

(expands low-income community solar)

Voted OTP by Senate ENR Committee

SB168

(increases class II REC obligations under the RPS)

Voted OTP by Senate ENR Committee

SB124

(extends the RPS beyond 2040)

Voted OTP by Senate ENR Committee

SB159

(relative to net metering)

Voted OTP by Senate ENR Committee

SB166

(relative to net metering for competitive supply)

Voted OTP by Senate ENR Committee

SB204

(relative to utility investment in energy storage)

Voted OTP by Senate ENR Committee

SB205

(relative to energy efficiency program funding & EESE Board)

Voted OTP by Senate ENR Committee

ALERT: GOVERNOR’S BUDGET RAIDS RENEWABLE ENERGY FUND

Line 214 of HB2 (the budget bill) proposes a $2.5 million raid on the renewable energy fund. Please continue to reach out to your representative to let them know it’s not appropriate to raid dedicated funds and that this very limited funding for renewable energy in NH is very needed!

Acronym Key

  • OTP: Ought-to-Pass (support for a bill)
  • ITL: Inexpedient to Legislate (i.e. “kill” a bill)
  • Y: “Yes” Vote
  • N: “No” Vote
  • A: “Absent” for Vote
  • RGGI: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
  • EESE Board: Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Energy Board
  • NEM: Net Energy Metering
  • RPS: Renewable Portfolio Standard
  • EV: Electric vehicle
  • STE: House Science, Technology, & Energy Committee
  • SENR: Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
  • LOB: Legislative Office Building
  • SH: State House
  • HB: House Bill
  • SB: Senate Bill
  • HJR: House Joint Resolution
  • LMI: Low-Moderate Income
  • REC: Renewable Energy Certificate

OTHER UPDATES

HB365, to raise the net metering project cap size from 1-5MW, passed the full House 254-98, over a 2/3 majority, sending a strong message to the Governor that NH supports this bill. Thanks to everyone who contacted their legislators and urged support; please thank them! Next, the bill heads to the Senate.

After significant change with an amendment, the Senate ENR committee decided unanimously to re-refer SB13, so it may be brought back next year.

For a complete recap and preview of the legislative session, join us for our annual Policy Update webinar Monday, April 1, from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Register here.

Register for the NH Energy Week roundtables and regional events in Portsmouth, Manchester, Newport, & Nashua, and the annual Energy Breakfast in Concord! Learn more about the events, sponsors, and organizing partners and register to attend here.

COMMITTEES:

SENATE Energy & Natural Resources Committee

HOUSE Science, Technology, & Energy Committee

BILLS & LEGISLATORS:

FIND a Bill

FIND or CONTACT Your Legislator

CALENDARS:

HOUSE CALENDAR

SENATE CALENDAR

CENH STAFF

Madeleine Mineau

Executive Director

Michael Behrmann

Director of Business Development

Brianna Brand

Senior Program Director

Henry Herndon

Director of Local Energy Solutions

Questions? Contact us at 603-226-4732

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