Within weeks of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo coming out against waste incineration in the Finger Lakes region, New Hampshire’s Governor Sununu vetoed a bill that would have provided more subsidies to the state’s six biomass incinerators, saving rate payers over $100 million over the next three years. In a statement accompanying his veto of Senate Bill 365, Sununu says:
“It harms our most vulnerable ratepayers and our job creators for the benefit of a select few”
On June 19th, 2018 the New Hampshire Journal posted an op-ed by Governor Sununu on his vetoes of this and Bill 465. If interested, the full legislation has been posted.
Wheelabrator Concord Company’s waste incinerator was tucked into a New Hampshire Senate bill designed to prop up the biomass industry in N.H., treating waste as an “indigenous renewable fuel” and waste incineration as a renewable energy source. The bill would have extended above market electric prices to Wheelabrator beyond the expiration date in early 2019 of a 30-year PURPA agreement.
For more context, explore our entire coverage of waste-to-energy falsehoods in states across America.
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