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Issue Position: Energy

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Gov. John Lynch has a proven record of bringing Democrats, Independents and Republicans together to support bipartisan energy solutions - from heating assistance to families; to increasing energy efficiency; to expanding alternative energy sources in New Hampshire.

An independent economic study by the University of New Hampshire found that New Hampshire ratepayers would see higher energy bills in the long-term if the state did not participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The proceeds from RGGI will be used to help families and businesses reduce their energy use and costs.

RGGI was developed by a coalition of Democratic and Republican governors in 10 Northeast states, and passed the New Hampshire legislature with bipartisan support.

In addition:

· Passed the Renewable Energy Act. Gov. Lynch signed the Renewable Energy Act that will help New Hampshire lead the nation toward a cleaner, more independent energy future. Increasing renewable energy will lessen the need for foreign oil and for expensive natural gas. The law is already leading to the new development of wind power, biomass and geothermal in New Hampshire. Increasing renewable energy will create jobs right here in New Hampshire by expanding uses for wood products, in building clean power plants, and in research and development.

o A study by the University of New Hampshire estimated that by reducing natural gas consumption this law could help reduce total electric costs in New Hampshire by $5.6 billion by 2025.

o Over time, the Renewable Energy Act could bring in $16 million of new investment incentives to create a new renewable generation in New Hampshire.

o Governor Lynch worked on both sides of the aisle for the people of New Hampshire to pass the Renewable Energy Act and it received overwhelming bipartisan support. It passed by a vote of 253-37 in the House and received unanimous approval in the Senate.

· Fighting for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance. Gov. Lynch is fighting to help New Hampshire families with high heating oil prices this year by working with governors across New England to push Congress to at least double funding to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

· Helping businesses, families save on energy costs. As part of Gov. Lynch's Jobs Cabinet, state agencies are partnering with the state's Business and Industry Association to help businesses become more energy efficient and reduce their energy costs. In addition, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will provide funding to help the businesses and families invest in energy-saving technology.

· Protecting home-heating oil customers. Gov. Lynch signed legislation protecting home-heating oil customers. Many New Hampshire families enter pre-buy contracts, hoping to lock in lower oil prices. Gov. Lynch signed HB 903 to help ensure the language of pre-buy home heating fuel contracts can be easily understood by the consumer, that dealers will show proof they can acquire the fuel at the agreed upon price, and that the dealer will reimburse the consumer for any undelivered pre-purchased fuel.

· Reducing state energy use. In 2005, Gov. Lynch issued an executive order directing state agencies to reduce their own energy use; to buy more energy-efficient products; and to make state buildings more energy efficient when they are renovated.


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