With the passage of HB443, New Hampshire took an important step toward ensuring a safe, reliable, and environmentally sound energy future for our state. The bill charges the Governor's Office of Energy and Community Services (ECS) with developing a 10-year comprehensive New Hampshire Energy Plan (NHEP). Governor Shaheen and ECS believe that this is an important opportunity to provide information on New Hampshires current energy landscape and to plan for the States future energy goals.
With strong support from the States utilities and other stakeholders including businesses, non-profits, and environmental organizations, the bill calls for an energy plan that focuses on both the supply and demand for energy resources, transmission and distribution infrastructure, fuel diversity, energy efficiency and conservation initiatives, regional issues, and provides policy recommendations for the States energy future.
The planning and assessment process will include analyzing demand projections, the adequacy of generation and transmission systems, siting requirements, fuel sources, and how New Hampshire can continue to play a strong role at the regional and national levels. Citizens will be invited to participate through public meetings held throughout the State beginning in the Spring of 2002. ECS is working with students at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at UNH to use their expertise in the drafting of the plan.
In order to create a comprehensive plan, ECS is working with a group of consultants who are experts in the field of energy planning, including Policy Assessment Corporation and Systematic Solutions, and Sylvatica.
ECS created an Executive Committee to assist with the planning process, made up of key state agency heads and legislative leaders. The Committee is meeting regularly to review the planning process.
To ensure that the plan represents an accurate assessment of the State's energy landscape, ECS is enlisting the help of other state agencies, interested legislators, non-profit organizations, utilities and other stakeholders by convening work teams on the topic areas covered in the NHEP.
Funding for the NHEP will come from monies provided proportionally by electrical distribution companies out of the energy efficiency portion of the system benefits charge, or from conservation and load management accounts, as approved by the Public Utilities Commission.
Work on the plan has already begun and will be completed by November, 2002.We still welcome written comments from any interested party, and you can use this link to submit them. Thanks to those of you who have already provided your comments and suggestions to us.
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