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New Hampshire Moves Towards Approval of Energy Efficiency Plan - Michael Stockard

February 08, 2021

In September last year ANB Systems, Inc. reported that New Hampshire was proposing to increase its energy efficiency targets for utilities. Today, New Hampshire is moving closer towards approving the expansion of its energy efficiency resource standard.

Late last year, the Public Utility Commission briefly postponed approval of its three-year plan to study the potential program costs that will be passed along to customers. On January 19, 2021, the New Hampshire electric and gas utilities filed an amended plan to address the utility commission's concerns.

The amended plan proposes a small reduction of the commercial/industrial budget and increased residential program expenditures. Electric program savings have been adjusted slightly downward.

2021 2022 2023 2021-2023 Plan Percentage of 3-year Savings
Electric Annual Savings (MWh)
C&I and Municipal 110,806 128,393 148,416 387,615 82%
Residential 29,678 23,819 23,976 77,473 16%
Income-Eligible 2,602 3,191 3,735 9,528 2%
Total 143,085 155,404 176,127 474,616 100%

Table 1-4 (Reference): Electric Program Annual Savings, by Sector

Similar adjustments were made to natural gas programs.

2021 2022 2023 2021-2023 Plan Percentage of 3-year Savings
Natural Gas Annual Savings (MMBtu)
C&I and Municipal 114,364 133,067 157,554 404,985 57%
Residential 60,346 93,913 114,670 262,959 38%
Income-Eligible 9,541 10,595 12,015 32,152 5%
Total 184,252 237,575 284,239 706,065 100%

Table 1-6 (Reference): Natural Gas Program Annual Savings, by Sector

Program budgets reflect small downward adjustments.

2021 2022 2023 2021-2023 Plan Percentage of 3-year Savings
Electric Budget ($000)
Eversource $70,699 $85,446 $102,035 $258,181 77%
Liberty Electric $7,030 $8,207 $9,471 $24,708 7%
NHEC $7,004 $7,129 $6,960 $21,093 6%
Until Electric $9,071 $10,755 $12,692 $32,518 10%
Total 93,804 111,537 131,159 336,500 100%

Table 1-9 (Reference): Annual Electric Budget, by Utility

2021 2022 2023 2021-2023 Plan Percentage of 3-year Savings
Natural Gas Budget ($000)
Liberty Gas $8,962 $9,573 $10,554 $29,089 69%
Until Gas $3,076 $4,133 $5,583 $12,793 31%
Total $12,038 $13,706 $16,137 $41,882 100%

Table 1-10 (Reference): Annual Natural Gas Budget, by Utility

S. Balakrishnan, ANB’s CEO, stated that “This is an important step in the advancement of New Hampshire’s energy efficiency programs.  Our products eTRACK+ and eTRM will help NH meet these new, aggressive energy efficiency goals by streamlining the recording and management of energy savings data”.

This plan's approval will help New Hampshire maintain its 18th ranking in the ACEEE 2020 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranking. In the latest report, New Hampshire ranked two places higher than it held in 2019.

Reference: https://www.puc.nh.gov/Regulatory/Docketbk/2020/20-092/LETTERS-MEMOS-TARIFFS/20-092_2021-01-19_EVERSOURCE_REV_PLAN_NARRATIVE_INCORPORATE_SETTLEMENT_TERMS.PDF

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