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).
More on Pursuing Smart Energy Policies
Joining the Energy and Commerce Committee
MANCHESTER, N.H. —
New Hampshire’s two members of the U.S. House have been assigned to committees with oversight roles addressing transportation, veterans affairs, energy and health care in the 116th Congress.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas said Thursday he has been assigned to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee. He takes the place of U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster on the Veterans Affairs Committee, continuing a New Hampshire presence on the all-important panel.
(Washington, DC) – Last night, Congresswoman Annie Kuster was assigned to the Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee for the 116th Congress. The E&C Committee has wide jurisdiction over critical issues including health care, energy, climate change, the environment, broadband and internet policy, as well as interstate and foreign commerce. Established in 1795, the committee is the oldest continuous standing committee in the House of Representatives.
**NBRC provisions passed the Senate along with critical NH priorities championed by Shahee
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) that the Department of Energy will award Dartmouth College $400,000 to support a new research project that advances early-stage solar technologies to lower electricity costs and create jobs in the solar economy.
(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, U.S Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging the administration to move forward with a proposed rule that would allow renewable electricity made from biomass to qualify for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program if it is used to power electric vehicles.
NASHUA – City officials hope to improve the public transportation system by replacing two diesel-powered trolleys with a pair of hybrid diesel-electric buses, thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration.
“These two new buses will complement the fleet of eight compressed natural gas buses that went on the road last year and will further our goal of reducing emissions and making Nashua a more sustainable community,” Mayor Jim Donchess said.
Construction has begun on what is expected to be New Hampshire's first net-zero multifamily housing project.
The 29-unit Tracy Community Housing project in West Lebanon is designed to be energy-neutral and net-zero, with residents' electricity, heating and cooling costs included in the rent. The energy will be generated by solar panels.
It’s being built in West Lebanon
NASHUA, N.H. —
U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster held a panel discussion in Nashua on Tuesday focused on the need to support survivors of sexual abuse in the military and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.
Kuster co-chairs the bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence.
“People are nervous about coming forward to identify an assault or something that has happened to them in the workplace because they're worried about the impact that could have on their career,” Kuster said.
Construction is now officially underway on New Hampshire's first net-zero, multi-family housing project.
Rep. Annie Kuster joined state and local officials for the groundbreaking Wednesday in Lebanon.