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Sununu Unveils Plans For "New Hampshire First" Energy Policy

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Governor Chris Sununu says state environmental regulators will roll out what he calls a New Hampshire-first energy policy within a few weeks.

He offered few details Thursday at a conference with clean energy advocates, but he spoke broadly of balancing technology with energy costs.

“For so long we’ve had this idea that – that either you’re all in on renewables or you’re all in on low rates…. That is old school thinking. We can have our cake and we can eat it too.”

Sununu says the state should work on subsidizing solar, wind, hydro and biomass power development in what he calls “the right way.” And he says he’ll keep participating in multi-state efforts, such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative,… as long as they don’t ask New Hampshire to prioritize other states' energy goals.

Sununu also pledged $4 million, or as much of the state’s VW pollution settlement as possible, toward new electric vehicle charging stations.

Others at the conference say they hope the new energy policy will be a precursor to creating a state energy office.

Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.

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