New Hampshire - Support Sound Energy Policy

April 24, 2018

New Hampshire House of Representatives
107 N Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

Dear Representative,

You will soon consider the issue of net metering.  On behalf of the 10,149 members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) in New Hampshire, I ask you to support the amendment to S.B. 446 that will reform the state’s net metering program to make it fair for all energy consumers.

Sound energy policy demands that all sources of energy be treated fairly and that government not pick winners and losers.  Currently, energy consumers in New Hampshire who do not get their energy from solar power are subsidizing those who do, because generating consumers are paid for the energy they generate at the retail rate.  This is a regressive policy that pads the pockets of wealthy solar customers and investors, with lower-income renters and non-solar consumers footing the bill.

The amendment to S.B. 446 will bring fairness to all energy consumers by shifting the net metering rate to the wholesale rate.  This ensures that solar customers still pay their share of the fixed costs of the grid that everyone uses without punishing utility shareholders and non-generating energy consumers.

The solar industry is booming nationally and in New Hampshire, delivering excellent returns for its investors.  It can now stand on its own feet, without subsidies from taxpayers and ratepayers.  New Hampshire citizens deserve a grid that is reliable, secure, and state-of-the-art.  I ask you to support the amendment to S.B. 446.

Sincerely,

 

Thomas A. Schatz
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