Bill to Update N.H. Renewable Energy Portfolio Heads to Governor, Calls for More Solar

Jun 12, 2019

Credit NHPR

State lawmakers are sending Gov. Chris Sununu a bill that would sharply increase how much solar power utilities must use in their fuel mix. 

The bill would update New Hampshire's renewable portfolio standards, known as the RPS. It aims to get the state using 25 % renewable power by 2025. 

 

Utilities can use fuels like wind, hydro, biomass and solar to comply. Or they can pay in to the state's renewable energy development fund instead. 

 

Right now, the RPS requires solar to make up just .5 % of a utility's fuel mix. This was only set to increase to .7 % over the next several years. 

 

Now, legislators have passed a bill to raise that solar requirement to 5.4 % by 2025. 

 

Conservatives have criticized the move.

 

Legislators may not have enough votes to override a veto, if Governor Sununu were to hand one down.