April 26, 2018 (Concord, NH) – Conservation Law Foundation released the following statement today in response to the New Hampshire Senate’s vote to reject a bill repealing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) rebate. A repeal of the rebate would have directed all RGGI revenues to energy efficiency programs, greatly increasing the amount of money allocated to low-income residents and to schools and towns.
“This vote deals a significant blow to New Hampshire residents and the environment,” said CLF Staff Attorney Melissa Birchard. “RGGI revenues were always intended to be invested in energy efficiency in order to save Granite Staters money on their energy bills and protect our environment. There’s a lot of talk in New Hampshire about lowering energy bills, but this vote shows that when push comes to shove, some legislators just won’t stand up for the cheapest, easiest way to lower energy costs.”
You can find a copy of the bill here.
More information about CLF’s work on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is available here.
CLF experts are available for further comment.