New Hampshire Governor Initiates Long-Term Plan, Endorses 25% Renewable Energy Goal

August 31, 2006

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch called for the state to obtain 25% of its energy from renewable energy resources by 2025. Lynch announced the plan to a group of business leaders at a roundtable discussion in Laconia. The governor said the plan would help ensure stability in energy prices and help create jobs.

According to the governor, 14 percent of New Hampshire's electricity already comes from renewable energy resources. As to how the state will increase that fraction to 25 percent, the governor said wood-fired power plants are a natural choice for New Hampshire, given the state's large forests. Lynch has directed the state Office of Energy and Planning and Department (OEP) of Environmental Services to develop a plan for how to increase consumption of renewable energy in the state. OEP also manages the State Energy Program in New Hampshire.

Lynch becomes the fifteenth U.S. governor to endorse the 25 x '25 Initiative, which aims to obtain 25% of the nation's energy from renewable energy resources by 2025. The initiative was founded earlier in the year by a non-partisan Energy Futures Coalition, and is run by volunteer leaders from the agricultural, forestry and renewable energy communities. Last week, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced at the Minnesota State Fair that the Midwestern Governor's Association is supporting 25 x '25.

Lynch said at the business roundtable, "I am also working to make the state a leader in using energy more efficiently." He pointed to an executive order he issued in 2005 directing state agencies to work to reduce their energy use, to build more energy efficient buildings, and to buy energy efficient appliances. He said the OEP is exploring the use of alternative fuels. And the state recently opened its first biodiesel fueling station at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, which the N.H. Department of Transportation will share with the university and surrounding towns."

See an article about the governor's announcement distributed by the Associated Press, printed in the August 30 edition of the New Hampshire Union Leader, and published online on the New Hampshire Office of Energy Policy Web site titled, "New Hampshire Energy Plan Aims to Cut Need for Oil."