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NH RPS & Your Co-op

New Hampshire’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is a state law that requires electricity providers to obtain a minimum percentage of their power from renewable energy resources by a certain date. There are different classes of renewables with different percentage requirements that grow over time.

Under the New Hampshire RPS, state utilities and competitive energy suppliers will be required to obtain 23.8% of the electricity they sell to end-users from renewable resources by 2025. However, NHEC does not presently generate electricity so our RPS percentage requirements must be met through purchase of renewable energy or Renewable Energy Certificates, or Alternative Compliance Payments. In our case, NHEC’s board has committed to going above and beyond the strict reading of the RPS, by applying the RPS percentages to the amount of energy we purchase at the wholesale level rather than the amount of energy we sell. This means we will be purchasing enough green energy to also cover the amount of electricity that is lost in our lines and transformers.

The New Hampshire RPS was created to stimulate investment in low emission renewable energy generation technologies in New England and, in particular, New Hampshire, whether at new or existing facilities.