NH House panel reaches compromise on renewable energy standard
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Lawmakers in the New Hampshire House voted Tuesday in favor of a rare bipartisan compromise on a renewable energy bill, after their partisan debate sank to the level of a 4th-grade elementary school class. Literally.
The House Science and Technology Committee voted on Senate Bill 165, which would authorize the state’s three electric utilities to set up two group net metering projects for low-income communities, they tried to iron out the difference between bills that increased the state’s renewable portfolio standard. One bill, SB 168, would have increased solar standards by 2025. A second, SB 124, would increase standards by 2040, so that the entire renewable goals would go up from 25 percent to 60 percent.