The Sustainable Energy Division was created in 2008 to assist the Commission in implementing specific state legislative initiatives focused on promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency and to advance the goals of energy sustainability, affordability and security. The Division aids the Commission in administering the Renewable Energy Fund (see Puc Rule 2507; see also HB873) and the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Fund (See Puc Rule 2604; see also HB1434). These funds finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and initiatives across New Hampshire.
The Commission works closely with the state’s Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy (EESE) Board to promote and coordinate energy efficiency and sustainable energy programs. The EESE Board provides advice to the Commission on the administration and allocation of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Fund and the Renewable Energy Fund are administratively attached to the Commission.
The Division is also charged with managing the statewide energy code program for residential and commercial buildings and setting energy efficiency standards for certain appliances, such as water dispensers, commercial hot food holding cabinets and furnaces (in the event the state is not pre-empted by federal standards).