The region’s electric grid operator made a visit to Portsmouth last week to discuss its role in a clean energy future. What exactly that is was the question at hand.
Ahead of a winter season anticipated to see exorbitantly high heating and electricity costs, New Hampshire lawmakers earmarked an additional $35 million in state funds to help another 50,000 households pay the bills.
Using a model that’s been called “transformative” for the energy market, the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire announced this week its initial electricity rate will be 15.8 cents per kilowatt-hour, representing a 20 to 40 percent savings compared to the state’s utility companies.
That’s what the Hillsborough resident told state lawmakers last week as she testified in support of a bill that would change the default electric service rate paid by residents and businesses.
New Hampshire will receive nearly $104 million for energy rebates and fuel assistance, according to announcements from the U.S. Department of Energy and the state’s congressional delegation on Wednesday.
Heating fuel reserves in New Hampshire remain low, at around 60 percent of the average level over the past five years, according to the state’s Department of Energy.
The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative has won a $50 million grant to build out broadband in rural parts of the state.
Late last month, the New Hampshire Department of Energy presented a long-awaited report on the costs and benefits of local renewable energy to ratepayers.
President Joe Biden’s administration laid out ambitious additional goals last month to boost offshore wind power generation, one of the American renewable energy industry’s emerging wide-open frontiers.
As electricity rates skyrocket in New Hampshire, the Public Utilities Commission is investigating whether there’s a cheaper way for utilities to purchase energy.