A real energy plan
Over $4,000,000,000 leaves NH annually to pay for energy. It’s a smart town that finds a better way.
Take a useless plot of land–say, an old landfill-cover it with solar panels, and let the sun do the rest.
If the sun produces MORE energy than you can use, the credit earned is “net metering,” paying the cost of putting up those panels. Your town saves hundreds of thousands–even millions–in energy bills. Those savings get passed on to you, the tax- and rate-payers.
No wonder so many NH towns are considering net metering, or have invested money in designing plans, now shovel-ready.
But each of the last three years, Chris Sununu VETOED legislation to permit net metering projects of 1-5 megawatts (the right size for towns, businesses, schools, hospitals to benefit from economies of scale). Sununu’s veto caused more than 60 municipalities to scrap their plans, abandoning hopes of energy independence and savings.
Just a few: Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Conway, Derry, Dover, Enfield, Franklin, Groveton, Hanover, Jaffrey, Lebanon, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, Ossipee, Rochester, Shelburne, Somersworth, Temple, Winchester. …
What is “local control,” if towns can’t pursue enormous energy savings for their citizens? Is Sununu making his fossil fuel donors happy, by robbing our towns and you of the money you could be saving, on good clean renewable energy?
Sununu’s opponent, Senate Majority leader Dan Feltes, championed clean energy and net metering during his three terms in our NH state Senate. Check out Dan’s thorough, thoughtful energy plan: https://medium.com/@DanFeltesNH/green-jobs-green-future-dcf92e0db1c8