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) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01), announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Brayton Energy in Hampton $1 million and Creare LLC in Hanover $2,999,901, totaling nearly $4 million in federal funds for energy efficiency projects.
Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02), Chris Pappas (NH-01) and their colleagues in the New England House of Representatives Congressional Delegation condemned the cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) proposed by the Trump Administration. LIHEAP provides low-income households with heating assistance in New Hampshire and across New England to help ensure they have access to heat during the cold winter months.
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.