Sununu Pushes Back As Mayors Join Fight Against Energy Vetoes

Aug 13, 2018

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The mayors of New Hampshire's 13 cities are pushing back against Gov. Chris Sununu's recent veto of two energy bills.

The mayors plan to send a letter to legislative leaders, asking them to overturn the vetoes in September.

They say one of the bills, on net metering, would help their cities attract more private investment in energy, which would in turn lower electricity rates.

The bill would have expanded the cities' ability to generate their own power in return for rebates. Some local solar and hydro projects are on hold in the wake of the veto.

Sununu maintains the plan would have cost ratepayers too much.

It's the same reason he says he vetoed a bill to support the state’s biomass plants – and made that veto the subject of his first campaign ad of 2018.

Legislators will vote on overturning the vetoes soon after the Sept. 11 primary election.