CLF helped fight to keep local solar power programs strong
June 26, 2017 (CONCORD, NH) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to a ruling from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) establishing a new energy path for the state. While the new policy includes compromises, such as cuts to net metering, a program that credits NH families and businesses for the energy their solar panels produce, the order offers a long-term path to strong clean energy adoption by studying the value of renewable energy and launching important and money-saving clean-technology pilots.
“This decision includes cuts to an important program for clean energy in the Granite State and is far from perfect. However, it provides a framework to ensure New Hampshire doesn’t fall behind in the clean energy economy,” said CLF attorney Melissa Birchard. “Thanks to a clean energy roadmap proposed by CLF and others, the PUC will launch an effort to document the many benefits that rooftop solar and other local, clean energy offers New Hampshire families and businesses. At the same time, the PUC will initiate pilot programs to demonstrate the untapped ways that innovative technologies can save us all money and strengthen the electric grid. We are optimistic that this new policy will put our state on a path to cleaner, healthier and safer communities for years to come.”
A copy of the order can be found here.
CLF experts are available for further comment.