The NH House of Representatives voted to pass HB 559 and to defeat HB 592, decisions that will allow recent state-level progress in energy efficiency to continue. HB 559, which passed, increases funding for the low-income energy efficiency program and municipal energy efficiency projects. The bill now heads to the Senate. HB 592, which was defeated, sought to eliminate the 20% allocation of RGGI auction proceeds to energy efficiency.
Democratic Members of the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee released the following statements in response to the House actions: “The House served our citizens well by soundly defeating attempts to move back on energy efficiency programs, which are the cheapest, most benign way to meet our future needs.” – Representative Bob Backus (D-Manchester), Ranking Democrat on House Science, Technology and Energy Committee.