In New Hampshire, our beautiful natural resources define us as a state, and Governor Maggie Hassan has always been a champion of protecting our environment and building a stronger, more affordable energy future for our families and businesses.
Maggie believes that combating climate change is critical to our economy, our environment, our people, and our way of life – and she has made clear that we must take stronger action to support clean energy alternatives and curb the devastating effects of climate change. She is a strong supporter of the President’s Clean Power Plan and called on New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to do everything in their power to support the plan. Maggie also supports the recent Paris Agreement on climate change and believes the United States must take action to implement the agreement while ensuring that our international partners also fulfill their obligations.
As a State Senator, Maggie sponsored the legislation that allowed the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based program to reduce harmful emissions and energy costs, create jobs and encourage innovation in New Hampshire’s clean energy economy. She also helped pass the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to maintain and grow our clean, renewable energy sector. As Governor, Maggie has built on these efforts by signing bipartisan legislation to update New Hampshire’s RPS, protect Granite State ratepayers, invest in energy efficiency, and fully fund New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). She also successfully pushed to raise the net metering cap to help New Hampshire’s clean energy industry continue to grow and thrive, and she recently issued an executive order setting new, aggressive goals for state government on energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy.
In addition, Maggie established a long-term New Hampshire Energy Strategy that focuses on clean, renewable energy and combating climate change. She also joined the bipartisan Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future to further state collaboration in energy planning and policymaking, and she was proud to sign the Under 2 MOU, a global compact among cities, states and provinces worldwide to limit the increase in global average temperature to below two degrees Celsius.
Maggie believes that as large-scale energy projects are considered, we must work to ensure that any proposed project will deliver real benefits to our ratepayers, while incorporating local viewpoints and protecting our communities and our natural resources. She supports strong fracking regulations and closing loopholes that exempt drilling and fracking operations from basic environmental protections, and will stand up for common sense clean water rules to ensure clean drinking and recreational waters for generations to come.
In the Senate, Maggie will fight to build on New Hampshire’s progress and work to achieve a cleaner environment and stronger energy future that will help our citizens, businesses and economy thrive. Maggie supports policies such as setting a strong national target of 50 percent clean and carbon-free electricity by 2030 and expanding RGGI’s reach by encouraging more states to join. She will also work to build on New Hampshire’s leadership in boosting clean energy efforts by creating a strong national net metering model rule and promoting smart grid technology.
To read more about Maggie’s plan to promote clean energy, foster business innovation and expand middle class opportunity, read her Innovate NH 2.0 plan.