Do we need more energy or more conservation?

Carsey report recharges debate over power supply Energy demand is going down, energy supply not so much. So if we commit ourselves to build expensive power projects we won’t need, the price of energy will go up. That’s the simple economic idea behind a recently released report by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, …

Pipelines and Electric Bills

The ongoing debate over how New Hampshire can help businesses reduce their energy costs may become more heated as a result of a new study just released by the University of New Hampshire. The study warns that New Hampshire electric customers could see their bills increase over time if they are asked to pay for interstate pipelines that would bring …

New Report: New Hampshire’s Electricity Future

New Report: New Hampshire's Electricity Future

There’s a new report out on New Hampshire’s electricity future and it has a different point of view. Here are some of the findings. You don’t need to increase energy use to grow the economy.

Carsey Perspectives: New Hampshire’s Electricity Future

In light of the trends influencing energy markets, this perspectives brief and a related report examine the cost of electrical power in New Hampshire and New England, the reliability of the electrical power system in terms of its ability to meet demand, and the risk New Hampshire ratepayers might face from various proposals to secure or increase the supply of …

New Hampshire’s Electricity Markets: Natural Gas, Renewable Energy, and Energy Efficiency

To better understand the opportunities and challenges for New Hampshire’s energy future resulting from emerging trends in the supply and demand for energy, the New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the New Hampshire Community Finance Development Authority engaged the University of New Hampshire to perform a rigorous and impartial study that examines the current and potential future of …

New Hampshire Spoke, We Listened

Over the last year, The Nature Conservancy, the NH Clean Tech Council, and the Environmental Defense Fund have worked to bring legislators together with municipal, manufacturing and local leaders to initiate conversations about energy options and infrastructure, and to incorporate diverse perspectives in discussions on efficiency and renewable opportunities in New Hampshire. What came out of these statewide ‘Listening Sessions’ …

Core Elements of a Successful Efficiency Policy

Solar Array in Sandwich, NH

“Hearing the stories from around our state it became absolutely clear that people not only want control over their lives, they want control over their energy bills and want the freedom to make new energy choices. Choices like using solar energy, LEDs, batteries–choices that give them more control, and also real dollar savings. It is great to see the momentum …

Clean Energy is Real in New England

Clean Electricity is Real in New England

“Clean energy has become a very important contributor to New England’s energy mix. As figure above shows, ISO New England projects that energy efficiency and solar are reducing the region’s energy use by over 10,000 gigawatt hours of electricity today, growing to 25,000 gigawatt hours by 2025. Thanks to those clean resources, New England’s annual electricity use is dropping for …

NH Needs Sensible, Consistent, Long Term Energy Policies

New Hampshire needs sensible, consistent, long term energy policies that will continue to strengthen our State’s economy and support the growing use of clean energy technologies and efficiencies. No one organization or sector has all the answers. This effort will promote approaches that help ratepayers lower their bills; ensure more reliable and affordable energy; and secure the ability of homeowners, …

New Relationships – Next Phase for Listening Sessions

Merrimack Energy Listening Session at Able Ebenezer

In January of 2017, the NH’s Energy Future is Now partners collaborated with the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce, holding a Listening Session together at the Able Ebenezer brewery in Merrimack. This collaboration brought together a group more oriented toward the needs of business owners, while still engaging a diverse range of interests in the conversation. This slightly modified approach was …