Pursuing Smart Energy Policies
New Hampshire must pursue smart energy policies that both protect our environment and lower costs for Granite State families and businesses. That’s why I have taken the following steps:
- Incentivizing and Promoting Clean Energy: I am a cosponsor of the Prioritizing Energy-Efficient Renewables Act of 2015 (H.R. 3733). Sponsored by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, this bill would make permanent the production tax credit (PTC) for wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and marine renewable energy production, while repealing the tax deductions for oil and gas development. I also helped introduce the New Energy of America Act (H.R. 2412), which would extend through 2021 two important tax credits for residential and commercial solar energy development: the section 25D tax credit for residential energy efficiency and the section 48 commercial investment tax credit (ITC). Additionally, I signed a letter led by Rep. Tsongas (D-MA) and Rep. David Price (D-NC) to the Secretary of the Interior in opposition to opening portions of the Atlantic coast for offshore oil and gas drilling.
- Helping Low-Income Families with their Fuel & Energy Needs: I joined over 50 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell, requesting that HHS release as much Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding as possible under the current continuing resolution (CR). This program is critically important to NH District 2 residents as they prepare for the winter season.
To further help New Hampshire pursue smart energy policies, I am a member of the Energy Savings Performance Caucus, the High Performance Building Caucus, and the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC).
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(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded more than $300,000 in federal grants for a variety of projects throughout Cheshire and Coos Counties that invest in rural community development.
Washington, D.C. – Last week, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined her colleagues to co-sponsor the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019, which would set a nationwide goal of achieving a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050, meaning net-zero climate pollution across all sectors of our nation’s economy. Specifically, the legislation directs federal agencies to use all existing authorities to put the United States on a path toward meeting a 100 percent clean energy economy while remaining technology neutral.
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Kuster’s remarks and questioning about the bill at the Energy Subcommittee Hearing on FERC oversight can be viewed here.
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**Climate Action Now Act Includes Rep. Kuster’s Amendment to Support Clean Jobs in Rural Communities**
**You can watch Rep. Kuster speak in support of her amendment HERE**
**Amendment will be included in H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act**
**The full video of Rep. Kuster introducing her amendment on the floor can be viewed HERE**