First, we must acknowledge that climate change is real and must be dealt with immediately. I am committed to the goal of a fossil free economy by 2050.
The development of a forward thinking, progressive environmental and energy policy at the federal level is extremely important for the future of our country’s climate and economy. New Hampshire in particular faces challenges including an outdated grid and delivery system that results in lack of diversity in sources of energy and high rates, and vulnerability to climate-change induced sea level rise on the Seacoast.
As a small state in the regional New England power pool (only about 10% of the region’s total energy consumption), we have a limited ability to introduce new sources of energy that would increase supply and noticeably lower rates, but we have a much greater ability to lower rates by reducing overall demand in our state through improving energy efficiency and lowering overall demand. In Congress I will support legislation to provide federal funding and incentives for states to invest in their energy efficiency programs and improve their grids to lower barriers to competition and better store energy produced by renewable sources. While I am not necessarily opposed to some safe energy infrastructure projects, the best way to address the needs of small rural states like New Hampshire is to reduce demand through efficiency improvements and support the development of new and small renewable energy businesses through development of a smart grid.