Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS)
Sometimes shadowed by the visibility of solar and wind projects, energy efficiency nonetheless won a major victory on August 2nd when the Public Utilities Commission approved an agreement for an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS).
This is a big step forward in smart energy policy: the approved settlement agreement strengthens NH’s commitment to lower energy costs and keep our energy dollars in our state’s economy.
Our state will see over $100 million dollars in new energy efficiency funding over the next five years!
Under the EERS, NH will save 3.1% of its 2014 electric sales and 2.5% of gas sales by 2020, with a long-term goal of achieving all cost-effective energy efficiency, that is, all energy efficiency resources that are cheaper than buying traditional supply and transmission resources.
NH’s new EERS also increases funding for low-income customers and extends the utilities’ existing efficiency programs, allowing residential, commercial, and industrial customers to lower their bills by taking advantage of programs for new construction, retrofits for existing structures, advanced lighting, and much more. This extended funding will help alleviate start-and-stop program cycles.
NREL Report: Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States: A Detailed Assessment
With reports from NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) showing New Hampshire being unique in having a large number suitable rooftops, NH can obtain 53.4% of electricity from rooftop solar (fifth highest in the country), and 72% in Concord (second highest in the country, behind Mission Viejo, California).
Button Up NH
Check out the Events Calendar for dates on the Button Up NH programs. Already in place: Concord, Convey, Exeter, Hudson, Pembroke.