New Hampshire’s electric and natural gas companies offer energy efficiency programs to residential and commercial customers, coordinated on a statewide basis as the “Core Programs.” In August 2016, after much input from PUC Staff, utilities, and efficiency advocates, the NH Public Utility Commission issued an order establishing the state’s first EERS. The framework consists of three-year planning periods and savings goals as well as a long-term goal of achieving all cost-effective energy efficiency
On January 2, 2018 the PUC approved the implementation of the first. The 2020 plan update sets energy savings targets of 1.3% of electric retail sales and 0.8% of natural gas retail sales. On top of establishing savings targets and expanding the number of programs offered by the electric and gas utilities through the Core Programs, The plan also called for the creation of stakeholder working groups to further analyze key issues. These include evaluation measurement and verification of the approved EE programs; the benefit/cost test used to screen energy efficiency programs; and demand savings.
After many months of drafting, public comment sessions and legislative feedback, Governor Chris Sununu and the Office of Strategic Initiatives released the New Hampshire 10 year State Energy Strategy. The Strategy is designed to highlight policy goals that focus on the most critical energy issues facing the state and guide discussion and development of energy policies. Outcomes of this strategy will enable business and consumer cost savings, job creation, economic growth, industry competitiveness, environmental protection, and a reliable and resilient energy system. The strategy encourages pursuing the most cost-effective energy without giving political support such as subsidies to specific forms of generation and instead use market-based mechanisms to achieve cost effectiveness. The paper acknowledges that renewable sources are necessary but are not always the most cost-effective.
New Hampshire updated its state building code with bill HB 562 to the 2015 IECC, but included weakening amendments (including thermal envelope depiction, wall insulation, air leakage testing, duct leakage testing, and mechanical ventilation), making this a minimal advancement if one at all. Nonetheless, it was adopted on July 17, 2019 and will go into effect September 17, 2019. The New Hampshire Building Code Collaborative has started to reconvene and will be working to regularly adopt new codes and improve compliance with existing codes to help make New Hampshire a leader in energy codes in the Northeast.
Policy & Program Information
New Hampshire at a Glance
|Direct Jobs in Energy Efficiency||11,733|
|Electric Program Expenditures||$26.9 million|
|Gas Program Expenditures||$6.1 million|
|Per Capita Expenditures||$24.48|
|Electric Savings||81,525 MWh|
|Electric Savings as Percent of Retail Sales||0.76%|
|Gas Savings||343, 367 Therms|
|Gas Savings as Percent of Retail Sales||0.13%|