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
(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.
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on a new rule announced by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to end the Clean Power Plan:
**Legislation would limit environmental review of large energy projects and natural gas pipelines**
**You can watch Kuster speak in defense of communities impacted by energy projects here**
(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), along with Representatives Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Peter Welch (VT-AL), Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), John Katko (NY-24) and Claudia Tenney (NY-22) introduced the Northern Border Regional Commission Reauthorization Act of 2017, which would continue funding for the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) and extend its authorization for five years.
**The Public Engagement at FERC Act will assist private citizens in participating in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceedings that impact consumers**
With spring beginning to blossom in the Granite State, I wanted to fill you in on the work I have been doing in Congress to protect the environment and keep New Hampshire beautiful.