What is EnergizeNH?

The Business and Industry Association, New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce, believes we are facing a crisis around the supply and cost of electricity. High electricity prices hurt our businesses’ bottom line, make us less competitive, and threaten jobs and our state’s economy. Join the BIA in advocating for policies and initiatives that enable the development of low-cost, reliable sources of energy.

Here are the facts:

The high cost of electricity is not just a New Hampshire challenge, it’s a regional challenge. New Hampshire is part of the New England energy grid, which supplies energy to the entire region. The high price we pay for energy is a matter of supply and demand on a regional scale. Energy costs are driven higher by constrained supply into the grid.

Download the full report: The Economic Impacts of Failing to Build Energy Infrastructure in New England

How can I help?

To address the current electrical energy crisis, BIA is advocating for state and regional policies and initiatives that enable the development of low-cost, reliable sources of energy, including expanded natural gas pipeline capacity and increased electrical transmission, into the region.

Take action today –make our elected and appointed government representatives aware that you are concerned about the high cost of electricity because it makes New Hampshire less competitive, jeopardizes current and future jobs, and threatens the state’s economy as businesses grow (or relocate) operations and employment outside New Hampshire and New England.

Contact members of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (responsible for reviewing and approving energy infrastructure projects in New Hampshire); members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives’ Science, Technology and Energy Committee; the New Hampshire Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Governor Maggie Hassan, your own state representative and state senator; and US Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen.

What are people saying?

“The high cost of electricity in our state makes it hard for my business to compete. If nothing is done, prices will continue to increase, placing businesses and our state at a huge disadvantage.”  - Don Welch, President, Globe Manufacturing Company

“Businesses may well be forced to move facilities to another region with lower electricity prices, taking jobs and income away from New Hampshire.” 
- Val Zanchuk, President, Graphicast – BIA chairman

“There needs to be a greater focus on expanding our energy infrastructure. These projects can be accomplished respecting our communities and environment, complementing existing conservation and renewable energy efforts, while filling the supply gap that is leading to such high electricity prices.”  - Gerardine Ferlins, President, Cirtronics Corporation 

To learn more about energy projects:

Access Northeast: http://www.spectraenergy.com/Operations/New-Projects-and-Our-Process/New-Projects-in-US/Access-Northeast/

Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM): http://www.spectraenergy.com/Operations/New-Projects-and-Our-Process/New-Projects-in-US/Algonquin-Incremental-Market-AIM-Project/

Antrim Wind Energy: http://antrim-wind.com/

Atlantic Bridge Project: http://www.spectraenergy.com/Operations/New-Projects-and-Our-Process/New-Projects-in-US/Atlantic-Bridge/

Eversource: https://www.eversource.com/Content/general/about/major-projects-infrastructure

Granite Reliable Wind Park: http://www.northeastwind.com/what-weve-done/projects/21-grp

Groton Wind Farm: http://iberdrolarenewables.us/groton.html

Lempster Wind Power Project: http://iberdrolarenewables.us/cs_lempster.html

Northern Pass: http://www.northernpass.us/index.htm

Northeast Energy Direct:

Revision Energy: http://www.revisionenergy.com/solar-projects/?market=commercial,residential,schools-nonprofits-municipal&keywords=40kw-up,barn-garage-outbuilding,community-solar-farms,ground-mount,solar-electricity&s=NH

Solar City: http://www.solarcity.com/newsroom/press/governor-hassan-hand-celebrate-solarcity%E2%80%99s-first-new-hampshire-operations-center

Additional Resources

New England Coalition for Affordable Energy: http://neaffordableenergy.org/
BIA Energy Buying Group powered by Usource: http://www.usourceenergy.com/NHBIA/
Office of Energy and Planning: http://www.nh.gov/oep/
New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC): http://www.necec.org/about/mission.html
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) : http://www.dsireusa.org/
New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC): http://www.necec.org/about/mission.html
New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association (NHSEA): http://www.nhsea.org/
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA): http://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/new-hampshire-solar