Sununu Vetoes Bill to Subsidize N.H. Biomass Power Industry

Aug 5, 2019

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

For the second year in a row, Governor Chris Sununu has vetoed a plan to subsidize New Hampshire's biomass power industry. 

The proposal was attached to a bill that would have set up a study committee on microgrids - local, isolated energy systems. 

Sununu's veto of that bill will likely set up another override fight in the legislature sometime later this year. 

The vetoed biomass plan would have required utilities to charge ratepayers extra to subsidize six wood-fired power plants. 

Last year, Sununu vetoed a similar plan, where utilities were required to buy actual power from those plants.   Lawmwakers overrode that veto by just one vote... but the law is hung up in a legal challenge.