CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has avoided over $45 million in energy costs over the last decade, according to its annual state energy report.
“Reducing the state’s total energy consumption has positive public and environmental health benefits by lowering the emissions of smog-forming compounds and particle pollution, mercury and greenhouse gases. The reduction in these pollutants protects our most vulnerable populations, as well as our lakes, streams and forests,” said Bob Scott, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services.
The State of New Hampshire is one of the largest energy users in the state.
Since 2004, it has been documenting total building energy consumption and working to reduce both total energy use and the state’s reliance on fossil fuels.
The state has kept its total building energy costs stable through a combination of energy efficiency projects, such as the use of LED lighting and switching to lower-cost fossil-fuel resources, heat pumps, solar panels and a thermal biomass facility.
The energy report is produced annually in conjunction with the state Department of Administrative Services’ State Energy Management Office, the DES and the Governor’s Office of Strategic Initiatives.