NH spends nearly $6 billion per year on fossil fuel-based energy, 66% of which immediately leaves the state.
- NH created an energy plan in 2002.
- SB 191 establishes the requirement for the State Energy Advisory Council to create a 10-year energy plan with an emphasis on renewable energy, a review of all current energy policies, and a reevaluation, along with SB 99, of the criteria of the Site Evaluation Committee to protect New Hampshire’s natural resources and ecosystems.
State Energy Strategy
(RPS) laws, including the one adopted in 2007 by New Hampshire, require utilities to obtain a portion of their electricity from renewable power.
ISO New England oversees the operation of New England’s bulk electric power system and transmission lines.
The OCA is an independent state agency representing the interests of residential utility ratepayers. To contact the OCA call 603-271-1172, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at http://www.oca.nh.gov.
http://www.energy.gov or 1-800-dial-DOE
Renewable energy (i.e., solar, wind, geothermal, wood) rebates to reduce the cost of initial investment:
NH programs for assistance with paying utility and heating bills
Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Qualified households receive assistance for heating costs. For information regarding eligibility and to apply contact your local Community Action Agency
Electric Assistance Program (EAP) –Qualified households receive
assistance for electricity costs. For information regarding eligibility and to apply please contact your local Community Action Agency. Electric Assistance Program (NHPUC)
Natural Gas Low Income Rate – Qualified households receive assistance for natural gas costs. For information regarding eligibility and to apply please contact your gas company. Gas Assistance Programs (NHPUC)
Lifeline – Qualified telephone customers receive a monthly reduction on their residential, local telephone bill. For information regarding eligibility and to apply, contact your local telephone company or the Public Utilities Commission at 1-800-852-3793.
Neighbor Helping Neighbor – Qualified households receive assistance for natural gas or electricity costs. For information regarding eligibility and to apply please contact your local Community Action Agency.
Project Care – Qualified New Hampshire Electric Cooperative members receive assistance for electricity costs. For information regarding eligibility please contact NHEC. http://nhec.com/community_projectcare.php
Balanced billing and budget billing are available from most utilities. Payment arrangements for customers behind on bills are also available from all utilities. To learn more about your payment options, contact your utility. If, after contacting your utility, you need assistance negotiating a payment arrangement, please contact the Public Utilities Commission Consumer Affairs Department at 1-800-852-3793.
The Winter Disconnection Rules provide certain protections from disconnection to residential customers during the winter months. To learn more about the Winter Disconnection Rules please visit http://www.puc.nh.gov/Consumer/winterdisconnectionrules.htm or contact the Public Utilities Commission directly.
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