House Republican Leader Reacts to Vote to Sustain Governor’s Vetoes on Energy Related Bills

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement after the House of Representatives completed votes on HB365 and HB183.

The House voted to sustain Governor Sununu’s vetoes of HB 183, establishing a committee to study the applications of microgrids in New Hampshire and changes in law necessary to allow for microgrids in electrical supply, and relative to baseload renewable generation credits for biomass energy facilities, by a vote of 251-132. Members of both parties voted to sustain the veto.

The House also voted 248-132  to sustain the governor’s veto on HB 365 relative to net energy metering limits for customer generators.

“The majority of Republicans pledged to their constituents that they would not support public policy that would put upward pressure on electricity rates, under any circumstances. And rightly so, as we have some of the highest energy costs in the nation. We believe providing a level playing field in the energy market will provide the best outcome for ratepayers. The votes today were not in favor or opposition of specific industries, but government mandates that artificially raise the cost of electricity, and end up hurting low and fixed income citizens the most.”