New Hampshire gov. vetoes bills on biomass, solar net metering

New Hampshire's Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed two energy-related bills he says would have cost electric ratepayers about $110 million over three years

Jun 19th, 2018
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed two energy-related bills he says would have cost electric ratepayers about $110 million over three years.

Supporters of a bill to require utilities to purchase power from independent biomass power plants said it was critical to the survival of the plants and the 900 jobs they support. But Sununu said Tuesday that the bill amounted to an immense subsidy for six companies.

The second vetoed bill would have expanded net metering, which allows small-system power generators to get credits for electricity they send to the grid. Sununu says he agrees expansion could be a benefit but says the bill is a handout to large-scale energy developers.

Sununu says he is committed to encouraging renewable energy general and fuel diversity without unjustly burdening ratepayers.

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