February 10, 2022 (CONCORD, NH) – The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has paused its decision to slash funding for energy efficiency programs. The PUC previously rejected a plan that would decrease energy use and climate pollution, as well as help lessen the impacts of rising energy prices this winter. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response.
“The PUC made the right call today, but the work isn’t over yet,” said CLF attorney Nick Krakoff. “The decision to gut popular energy efficiency programs was irresponsible and radical, and today’s news is a step in the right direction. Nevertheless, it’s still up to the Supreme Court to officially reject the PUC’s rollbacks of energy efficiency programs and put the state on a path to a cleaner, more affordable energy future.”
The PUC announced today that it plans to restore funding for energy efficiency to 2020 levels. Earlier this week, CLF filed an appeal with the New Hampshire Supreme Court challenging the PUC rollbacks. It is still up to the Supreme Court to decide on a path forward.
CLF experts are available for further comment.