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July 5th, 2012

New Hampshire Adds Thermal to Renewable Portfolio Standard

by Andrew Price, President & COO


Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) are common across the US. In 29 states and Washington DC, there are minimum requirements on the percentage of electrical generation that must come from renewable resources. To-date, these standards have focused on the sources for the generation of electricity.

On June 25th, New Hampshire became the first state to fully integrate renewable thermal energy into its RPS program. The law defines “Useful Thermal Energy” as “renewable energy delivered from class I sources that can be metered and that is delivered in New Hampshire to an end user in the form of direct heat, steam, hot water, or other thermal form that is used for heating, cooling, humidity control, process use, or other valid thermal end use energy requirements and for which fuel or electricity would otherwise be consumed.” In general, thermal sources must come online after January 1, 2013 to be eligible for Class I status.

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