Governing Law and Regulations
Renewable energy portfolio standard: New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 362-F:1 to 362-F:13 and House Bill (HB) 873
New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning (OEP)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, New Hampshire state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard.
• Administration and enforcement. The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning administers the state's renewable energy portfolio.
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard
RSA 362-F:1 to 362-F:13 and HB 873
New Hampshire is committed to a goal of meeting 25 percent of the state's energy needs using renewable energy resources by 2025. As a result, the state has passed renewable energy portfolio statutes requiring the use of renewable energy resources to increase incrementally each year as listed in the Table in this section.
Class I. A Class I renewable energy resource is energy derived from any of the following, provided operation began after January 1, 2006:
- Wind energy.
- Geothermal energy systems that begin producing thermal energy after January 1, 2013.
- Hydrogen derived from biomass fuels or methane gas.
- Ocean thermal, wave, current, or tidal energy.
- Methane gas.
- Eligible biomass technologies.
- Solar thermal energy systems that begin producing thermal energy after January 1, 2013.
- Class II sources provided they are not ...