When Gov. Chris Sununu was first elected in 2016, the former Waterville Valley CEO promised to bring a business-friendly culture to state government.
Declaring “New Hampshire is open for business,” the governor focused his inaugural speech on impediments to private-sector growth, including workforce development, education, and the rising cost of health care and energy. As the largest solar company in N.H., we are intimately familiar with each of these concerns and had high hopes the governor would work with us in our mission to lower energy costs while adding dozens of good-paying jobs through our electrical apprenticeship program. We were unable to secure a meeting with him during his first term.
When Gov. Sununu won reelection in 2018, he reiterated his promise of business-friendly collaboration and called on state leaders to “embrace a spirit of cooperation and work together to get things done for the people of New Hampshire.” We could not agree more with his sentiment.
This past week, Gov. Sununu signed a proclamation recognizing Clean Energy week next month, stating “clean energy is an important part of New Hampshire’s energy future” and that the clean energy sector has been a “driver of economic growth” for the state in recent years.
Against this hopeful backdrop, we were disappointed to see Gov. Sununu veto a slew of clean energy bills this summer, which passed with strong bipartisan majorities and overwhelming public support.