Despite claiming to support energy efficiency, Gov. Chris Sununu’s actions place him in the ranks of climate change deniers and promoters of negativity regarding environmental and renewable/clean energy solutions.
To cite a partial list: In 2019, the governor vetoed legislation concerning wetlands (House Bill 326), proposed legislation controlling greenhouse gases (HB 582), vehicle emissions (Senate Bill 275), renewable clean energy (SB 72, SB 167 as well as SB 168), net energy metering limits for customer generators (HB 365) and a proposed study of microgrids (HB 183).
To detail one example, SB 168 represented an important part of New Hampshire’s energy future. The 2019 bill, which proposed increasing the renewable portfolio standard requirements for new solar energy from 2019 through 2025, also proposed an exemption from increases in the annual purchase percentages for certain electrical supply contracts. Passage was important to clean-energy advocates as an essential step away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources, such as solar energy. Gov. Sununu vetoed this bill.