Dear Governor Sununu,
I received your reply to my concern about your veto earlier this year. I find your explanation that HB365 would cost-shift the savings from net-metered solar projects to the ratepayers across our state to be baseless and without merit. Passing this bill would enable cities and towns like Dover to construct larger PV systems and lower electricity costs to all ratepayers. When you came to Dover to update us on the State of the State, your answer to my question on what municipalities could do (specifically the Dover Energy Commission), your answer was to get clean hydropower from Canada. I was shocked at the lack of thought in your flippant answer for the simple reason that the City of Dover has no control on the construction and permits that have to deal with the rights of landowners and northern townships on the construction of powerlines.
Your attempt to use this cost-shifting argument is an effort to show concern for lower economic families by having them believe that the net-metering bill only benefits the well-to-do. You cited that the residents of Rochester would have to bear the burden of the net-metering cost savings. That is again another baseless line of reasoning for the simple reason that if HB 365 becomes law, it doesn’t benefit just municipalities like Dover but all municipalities. There is no reason why Rochester or any other city could not construct a PV system that could lower the cost of electricity to its residents.
I find your reasoning troubling and it leads me to the obvious conclusion that you do not care about the citizens of NH when it comes to lower energy costs but rather you are beholden to corporate lobbyists.