ENERGY BILLS

2019-2020

ABOUT OUR BILL TRACKING

Clean Energy NH provides the vital service of representing the clean energy and clean tech industries at the NH legislature. We promote policies that strengthen NH's economy, protect public health, and conserve natural resources. Our staff provide expert testimony during bill hearings and monitor bills as they progress through the legislative process. Each year, Clean Energy NH staff compiles a list of clean energy related bills and post them on this page.

2020 UPDATE

The 2019-2020 legislative session was significantly interrupted by the global coronavirus pandemic. The legislature was forced to suspend all legislative activity during the state's declared state of emergency and stay-at-home order. Due to a variety of factors resulting from the pandemic-induced modifications to the legislative calendar, many bills were affected. Clean Energy NH has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions below related to the legislative session. We strive to keep this page updated regularly.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE CAN I FIND A COMPLETE LIST OF 2019-2020 ENERGY BILLS?

Clean Energy NH has made our complete list of clean energy and clean tech related bills available online here

WHAT HAPPENED TO MOST OF THE CLEAN ENERGY BILLS THAT CLEAN ENERGY NH WAS TRACKING?

The NH legislature has strict rules in place that set important deadlines bills much reach in order to move forward in the legislative process. Due to the legislative hiatus imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, many bills did not meet deadlines to move forward. When the NH House met on June 11th, representatives had the opportunity to vote to suspend the rules and allow bills that had not met their deadlines to be heard. The House was unsuccessful in voting to suspend the rules, so all bills that had not met their deadlines were effectively "dead". 

ARE THERE ANY BILLS THAT CLEAN ENERGY NH WAS TRACKING THAT ARE STILL VIABLE?

Yes. The State Senate has created several "omnibus" bills that incorporate several clean energy bills. HB1234 includes SB498 on energy storage, HB1518 on RPS class increases, and an amendment related to hydroelectric projects interconnection and net metering. HB1245 includes SB462 on state energy management and SB668 on an offshore wind commission. 

WHAT ABOUT THE EFFORT TO EXPAND NET METERING?

Despite our best efforts, Senate Democrats decided not to re-introduce any net metering language on the Senate side after HB1218 was unable to proceed in the House last week. We urged them to make the progress we could including municipal projects which would have been supported by the Governor. Unfortunately, it looks like no progress will be made again on net metering this year.