New Hampshire enacted legislation (SB 409) in July 2010 stipulating that "major" construction and maintenance projects that receive state funding must meet a high-performance energy and design standard determined by the Department of Environmental Services and the Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Division of Historic Resources and the state's community college system. The standard, effective July 1, 2011, specifies that the building or structure can recoup the incremental costs of this requirement through reduced energy costs over 10 years.
The New Hampshire Business Finance Authority (BFA) administers a revolving loan program for businesses and non-profit organizations to finance energy efficiency improvements. The terms are flexible, and the BFA will work with interested applicants to customize a loan package that results in increased energy efficiency and financial savings. The initial minimum loan amount is $100,000, and an initial energy audit is required. Interested companies and non-profits should contact BFA directly for more information.
Hurricane Irene struck the East coast last Friday, making landfall in North Carolina. Over the weekend, the storm traveled up the East Coast and into the mid-Atlantic and New England areas of the U.S. In response to Irene, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia declared a State of Emergency.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected an integrated team of professionals from three environmental consulting firms to prepare the DOE Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) addressing the Northern Pass Presidential Permit application and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the group.
University of New Hampshire Center for Ocean Renewable Energy Infrastructure CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.6 Date: 06/28/2011 Location(s): New Hampshire Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office