The council, established by legislation passed in June, is charged with creating a comprehensive 10-year state energy strategy plan
(Portsmouth, New Hampshire) Senator Martha Fuller Clark appointment to New Hampshire's newly-created State Energy Council has been sent to Governor Hassan's desk by Sen. Sylvia Larsen. Gov. Hassan is expected to sign the measure this week.
"When we passed SB 191, legislation calling for a new energy plan for the state, we took an important step forward in defining New Hampshire's future role in energy with regard to resources, development, efficiency and cost should be, Sen. Clark said. 'I am delighted with my appointment and I look forward to working with the rest of the council to help direct New Hampshire's way forward in challenging and ever changing energy environment."
"This is a critical time for energy issues in New Hampshire,” said Senate Minority Leader Sylvia Larsen (D-Concord). “We are facing questions like how to develop clean energy business in our state, how we site economically important energy projects while protecting pristine areas, how to keep rates down for the public, and where and how we generate reliable energy for the future. No one is better suited to help develop a smart energy plan for our state than Senator Martha Fuller Clark, who brings enormous expertise, dedication, and thoughtfulness to this commission.”
The New Hampshire State Energy Council is charged with preparing a ten-year state energy strategy plan to be reviewed and revised every two years. It will conduct at least four public hearings in different geographic locations around the state before November 1, 2013 to hear public input before creating their plan. The plan will include forecasts of energy demands from various sources including traditional and emerging alternative energy sources and the energy supply needed to fulfill the state's needs. It will also include assessments of the reliability of our current energy infrastructure, the amount of greenhouse gasses we can expect to create, and of the state's current energy policies and siting procedures. The Council includes representatives of a variety of state departments dealing with energy policy and other interested stakeholders.