State releases new 10-year strategy focused on high energy costs – New Hampshire Bulletin – New Hampshire Bulletin

by | Jul 19, 2022 | Energy

With energy costs spiking, the Department of Energy just released its state energy strategy, a document that sets state energy goals for the next 10 years and makes recommendations to policy makers about how to achieve them.
Addressing the high cost of energy is listed as the top priority, with recommendations the state limit government intervention and subsidies and turn to the market to bring costs down.
State law requires the Department to update the strategy every three years. It’s meant to ensure that energy in New Hampshire is safe, reliable, and affordable – and that it comes from a variety of sources, while also protecting the state’s environment and heritage. 
The report drew questions from members of the state’s Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board during a presentation Friday. Those questions included whether the report adequately values the role of energy efficiency in keeping energy costs low and if it accurately reflects costs associated with climate change.
New Hampshire is already projected to fall behind its neighbors on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and strategic electrification. Some clean energy advocates are concerned that the report’s lack of concrete targets will guarantee that outcome, while relying on the market to deliver the benefits of clean energy will delay economic, health, and environmental benefits.
“The primary goal of this strategy is to pursue cost effective energy policies,” said Josh Elliott, director of the division of policy and programs at th …

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