Gov. Chris Sununu recently signed a proclamation recognizing Clean Energy Week, which runs from Sept. 23-27. Unfortunately, when it comes to Sununu signatures more often than not this summer, the governor has used his red pen to veto bipartisan initiatives that would have actually invested in energy efficiency, expanded clean energy opportunities and lowered our high energy costs in the state.
Currently, New Hampshire rates 21st in the country for energy efficiency efforts and last in New England. We must do better – for the sake of our planet and for our wallets.
Expanding renewable energy opportunities in our state is fundamental to curtailing the impact of climate change and curbing our energy costs. That is why it is so deeply disappointing that Gov. Sununu vetoed eight clean energy bills this summer – all of which had passed with bipartisan support out of the Senate and the House. Fortunately, my fellow lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have another opportunity to do the right thing by voting to override those vetoes when the Legislature reconvenes this week.