Whether it was in a NH Senate Committee room in Concord, or in a town hall in the North Country, last week saw elected officials and local citizens taking on big energy issues.
Some votes favored more regulation and government control over siting proposed energy projects, while other votes indicated work still needs to be done to craft policies that address the region’s energy needs. These mixed votes show us that policy makers and average citizens alike remain divided on the best energy policies for our state.
While the debate continues, stories about New England’s aging energy infrastructure continue to pop up as well.
In 2012, ISO analysis found that about 8,300 MW of New England’s oil and coal capacity would be over 40 years old in 2020. Since then, some of these older plants have already announced retirements.
New Hampshire and the rest of New England share one energy grid. We can’t ignore the shuttering of power plants in other states or the overall lack of fuel source diversity. The smaller pool of energy sources and over-reliance on one source will continue to affect everyone’s costs. As residents and elected officials continue to talk about energy policies that affect all of us, we see increased awareness of the need for clean, affordable and reliable energy sources.
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NH Senate pauses on power line bill
Boston Globe via AP
Natural gas sector suffers growth pains
Polar Vortex emboldens industry to push old coal plants
Vermont homeowners concerned about natural gas pipeline
Pilgrim’s owner pushes for market changes to help keep the nuclear plant open
Boston Business Journal
Senate passes standards for wind turbine siting
Lancaster voters reject resolution against tar sands