NH Public Utilities Commission: A Huge Disappointment

The PUC’s recent decisions on Energy Efficiency programs and Liberty Utilities’ plan to expand fracked methane gas are a huge disappointment for the residents of NH. 

New Hampshire — Over the last week, the NH Public Utilities Commission has denied an important three-year energy efficiency program and approved a Firm Transportation Agreement with Tennessee Gas Pipeline, LLC and Liberty Utilities. Both of these moves are devastating for NH residents and prevent us from making essential moves towards renewable energy generation in NH.

“The decisions coming from the PUC this week are devastating for our state,” says Rebecca Beaulieu, Communications Director for 350 New Hampshire. “Cutting energy efficiency programs and allowing for fracked methane gas expansion is not going to move us towards the 100% renewable energy future we need to mitigate the worst of the climate crisis.”

New Hampshire lacks a solid plan to address the climate crisis and lags behind all other New England states in renewable energy production and energy efficiency. Rejecting this energy efficiency program will prevent progress we need to reduce our overall energy usage and cut energy costs – particularly for low-income Granite Staters. 

The approved Firm Transportation Agreement with Tennessee Gas Pipeline, LLC and Liberty Utilities is a 20-year contract to transport more fracked methane gas into New Hampshire and comes after 350 New Hampshire stopped Liberty from pursuing the Granite Bridge pipeline project in 2019.

“Granite Staters showed the PUC that we do not want more fracked methane gas in the state when we stopped the Granite Bridge pipeline,” says Jennifer Dube, Climate Organizer with 350 New Hampshire. “It is abysmal that the PUC is allowing Liberty Utilities to find another way to expand this dirty fossil fuel in our state.”

It is clear that the PUC does not consider the impacts of their decisions on our climate. They are perpetuating our reliance on fossil fuels instead of moving us towards a cleaner, renewable energy future. 


Keeping Up with 350NH: November Newsletter

In Case You Missed it…

group of young people holding various cardboard signs that say No Coal No Gas, Green New Deal for NH, Build a Renewable Future, Climate Justice Now. They're in raincoats standing on a corner of a street.
At the end of September youth from across NH held six different climate strikes to call for climate action! NH is falling behind when it comes to renewable energy, and Governor Sununu is standing in the way of progress. NH is ready for a change! Read more about the Conway Strike and the Portsmouth Strike.
(Oct. 1st) More than 150 people gathered in Bow, NH at the last coal-fired power plant in New England. We held a rally with inspiring speakers, led a march down River Road, gathered on the water in  40 kayaks and canoes and took direct action to shut the plant down. A group of us planted a garden in the middle of the driveway, where 18 activists were arrested. Read more about the action here.
Our Members of Congress have been debating an Infrastructure Bill and a Budget Reconciliation Bill in Congress that could include huge investments in renewable energy, health care, green housing, paid family leave, a pathway to citizenship, and more. We’re calling on Senators Shaheen and Hassan to hold the line: no cuts to climate, care, and justice!


This month there are multiple chapter meetings, an opportunity for organizing training, actions in Connecticut, and more! Head over to our upcoming events page for more information.

Take Action to Get NH Off of Fossil Fuels

  1. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is deciding on whether to allow Liberty Utilities to expand fracked methane gas use in NH. We stopped the Granite Bridge pipeline but Liberty continues to seek ways to expand fossil fuels in our state. Send a letter to the PUC today and ask them to reject Liberty’s proposal.
  2. For years, ISO New England (our energy grid operators) have paid the Merrimack Generating Station millions of dollars in subsidies to stay open. We need your help to stop these subsidies and save ratepayers millions of dollars.Can you submit a comment to FERC to tell them ISO New England must prioritize renewable energy, and not old coal plants like Merrimack Generating Station? (Click here for instructions!)
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