CESA Member New Hampshire

Visit the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission - Sustainable Energy Division Website

The Sustainable Energy Division was created in 2008 to assist the Public Utilities Commission in implementing state legislative initiatives focused on promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency and to advance the goals of energy sustainability, affordability and security. The Division administers the state’s Renewable Energy Fund, implements the State’s renewable electricity portfolio standard law, and manages the statewide energy code program for residential and commercial buildings.

NH PUC Renewable Energy Programs

The Renewable Energy Fund (REF) funds rebate and grant programs covering a range of thermal and electrical renewable technologies. There are three residential rebate programs:

The photovoltaic (PV) and small wind program
The solar thermal program
The wood pellet furnace/boiler program

In 2012, the wood pellet furnace/boiler rebate program was recognized with a State Leadership in Clean Energy (SLICE) award by CESA.

In the commercial sector, the REF offers a rebate program for solar electric and solar thermal installations and for biomass pellet heating installations. For additional information about the REF rebate programs, please visit http://www.puc.nh.gov/Sustainable%20Energy/RenewableEnergyRebates.html.

REF Projects

The REF also promotes renewable energy projects through an annual competitive grant process. In recent years grants totaling nearly $2 million have been awarded for projects ranging from a wood pellet heating system for an elementary school to a 140 kW rooftop commercial PV array to the refurbishment of a small hydroelectric dam.

Working in partnership with the city of Dover, Walker Wellington will install a turbine generator in the outfall pipe at the city’s wastewater treatment facility. Developed by Walker Wellington, the turbine is a working proto-type made in New Hampshire and specifically engineered for low head, variable flow applications, typically seen in municipal wastewater treatment facilities. This demonstration project is critical for generating performance data for the technology. The unit to be installed has a capacity of up to 20 kilowatts (kW), and has the potential to be scaled into units up to 100 kW or greater in size. The turbine will generate 80 megawatt hours of electricity per year, displace the use of 1,950 gallons of fossil fuel, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 52 tons per year. Total project cost is $129,000.