December 10, 2021 (CONCORD, NH) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) joined New Hampshire’s utility companies, the state’s consumer advocate, Clean Energy New Hampshire, and others in filing a motion to halt rollbacks to the state’s energy efficiency programs. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently rejected a widely supported plan that would increase spending on these critical efforts, and then went a step further and slashed existing funding for energy efficiency projects.
“The PUC has dealt a devastating blow to New Hampshire families, businesses and our planet,” said CLF Attorney Nick Krakoff. “Energy efficiency programs help us reduce our energy use, which means lower bills and less damaging climate pollution from fossil fuels. The absurd and arbitrary decision to do away with these popular programs must be overturned.”
The energy efficiency plan rejected by the PUC would have significantly decreased energy use and carbon pollution – and reduced energy bills more than ever before – by slashing wasteful electricity and gas consumption. The plan also would have invested more money to address the needs of low-income families, in recognition that high bills and cold nights reduce the quality of life for many New Hampshire residents.
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