In 2014, New Hampshire undertook a comprehensive assessment of its energy policy, beginning with the NH State Energy Strategy, and Acadia Center focused its extensive expertise in energy and climate policy and economics on that effort. Through official public comment and collaboration with local advocates and stakeholders, Acadia Center offered analysis and best practices recommendations on energy efficiency procurement, renewable energy development, and energy system planning—based on years of policy experience in neighboring states and adapted to the specific needs of New Hampshire.
In the two years since the strategy was finalized, Acadia Center successfully worked with utilities and other stakeholders to design the recently approved Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS), bringing New Hampshire in line with other leading states in the region. For the first time, New Hampshire will have mandated savings targets. Acadia Center continues to focus on implementation details so that the EERS will most effectively ramp up efficiency savings and boost the local economy.
Acadia Center’s priorities also include contributing analysis and recommendations on modernizing the way the state plans and manages the power grid so that residents and businesses benefit from a more diverse, reliable, resilient, and lower carbon energy system. Acadia Center staff was appointed to the working group to develop recommendations to the Public Utilities Commission on what New Hampshire grid modernization priorities should be. Increased deployment of smart meters and improved integration of distributed generation will enable more consumer control over the energy system.
Acadia Center’s work in NH also focuses on designing optimal structures to compensate customers and businesses that generate solar and other forms of clean energy on site—a key to driving further greenhouse gas emissions reductions and creating a consumer-centered system. In particular, Acadia Center is focused on ensured reforms to net metering for residents with solar PV and other distributed generation to receive credits for the full range of environmental and economic benefits they provide to the grid.
Acadia Center has a long tradition of providing targeted climate and energy information and policy recommendations in New Hampshire, including an assessment of the state’s progress towards meeting climate goals; a macroeconomic study of the benefits to the state’s economy and consumers of investing in energy efficiency; and design approaches in RGGI to benefit state businesses.