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
**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.
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the preliminary budget proposal released by President Trump for Fiscal Year 2018:
This afternoon, Kinder Morgan announced that it has indefinitely suspended the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project. I was proud to lead the fight against this project, and I am so pleased that Kinder Morgan has listened to our concerns.
Concord, NH – On Tuesday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) presented a letter to the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) calling for FERC to consider assessing energy projects across the region in tandem with its review of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. The letter was read at the final scoping meeting before FERC’s preliminary scoping period ends and Kinder Morgan officially files with FERC initiating the Environmental Impact Study process.
Energy Department Agrees to Issue Supplement to Environmental Impact Statement, Extend Public Comment Period, & Delay Public Hearings
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), along with Representatives Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2) and Frank Guinta (NH-1) applauded today’s decision by the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct a more thorough review of the Northern Pass Transmission Project’s newest “preferred route” proposal.
(Washington, DC) – Today, New Hampshire’s Congressional Delegation renewed their request to the Department of Energy Inspector General to address specific concerns about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) permitting process for interstate natural gas pipelines. The inquiry comes as the delegation continues to seek greater consideration of public comments by Granite State residents and communities potentially impacted by Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) natural gas pipeline.
Concord, NH – On September 2, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) sent letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and to Kinder Morgan relaying concerns that she shares with her constituents regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. Kuster has fought for an open, transparent, and fair review process for the pipeline and recently toured a number of sites in southern New Hampshire that would be impacted by construction and operation of the pipeline.