The purpose of the permits is to protect and preserve submerged lands under tidal and freshwaters and wetlands, both salt and fresh water, from unregulated alteration that would adversely affect the natural ability of wetlands to absorb flood waters, treat stormwater, and recharge groundwater supplies, impact fish and wildlife of significant value, and depreciate or obstruct the commerce, recreation, and aesthetic enjoyment of the public. The permits apply to both major and minor impact projects.
Purpose of the rules is to implement RSA 488 by establishing requirements relative to documenting the identity and location of water uses and collecting accurate water use data to support management of the state's water resources. Rules apply to any person whose cumulative incoming water or outgoing water exceeds an average of 20,000 gallons of water per day in any 7-day period, or exceeds a total volume of 600,000 gallons in any 30-day period.
Unitil offers its New Hampshire residential customers a number of programs to encourage more energy efficient homes. The Home Performance with Energy Star Program can help to improve the energy efficiency of qualified homes. Customers with electrically heated homes qualify for a complete home energy audit and receive recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of their home. The program provides rebates up to $4,000 and includes incentives for installing energy savings improvements including:
Unitil offers rebates for all non residential gas customers: commercial, industrial, institutional, educational, multifamily, or municipal facilities within the Unitil service territory. Incentives are available for both large and small customers, as well as new construction and retrofit projects. Projects incentives are generally capped at $50,000 per master metered account and all program guidelines must be met in order to qualify. Additional measures not listed here may be eligible for custom rebates. Customers should contact Unitil to ensure that projects do not require pre-approval.
Unitil offers New Hampshire residential customers a number of programs to encourage more energy efficient homes. The Energy Star Appliance Program provides rebates for clothes washers, air purifiers, refrigerators and room air conditioners.
Unitil offers its New Hampshire residential customers a no interest loan program to encourage more energy efficient homes. The loan agreement specified monthly charges and repayment period for loans between $500-$7500 and up to 7 years. Participants may pay any remaining balance of loans to Unitil at any time without penalty. Late payment charges may apply if monthly costs are not covered. Customers are eligible as long as they have not received a disconnect notice from Unitil in the last year and own the property where efficiency measures are installed.
Unitil offers three different programs for its commercial, industrial, and institutional customers in New Hampshire: the Small Business Energy Efficiency Services Program, the Large Business Retrofit Program, and the Large C&I New Construction Program. The New Construction Rebate Program will provide lower incentives in most cases. Incentives are available for motors, chillers, variable speed drives, HVAC equipment, lighting fixtures, lighting controls and custom measures. All equipment purchased must meet the program requirements stated on the program web site and application forms.
New Hampshire's 1996 electric-industry restructuring legislation authorized the creation of a system benefits charge (SBC) to support energy-efficiency programs and energy-assistance programs for low-income residents. The efficiency fund, which took effect in 2002, is funded by a non-bypassable surcharge of 1.8 mills per kilowatt-hour ($0.0018/kWh) on electric bills. A separate surcharge of 1.5 mills per kWh ($0.0015/kWh) supports low-income energy assistance programs.
Rules apply to the discharge of all pollutants from a point source to surface waters of the state. The rule does not apply to facilities that require both a state discharge permit and a federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit under the Clean Water Act.
In July 2008, New Hampshire enacted legislation designed to prevent municipalities from adopting ordinances or regulations that place unreasonable limits or hinder the performance of wind energy systems up to 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. Such wind turbines must be used primarily to produce energy for on-site consumption. The law identifies a several possible restrictions that would be considered unreasonable: