Sununu signs a relief bill to help with heating and electricity costs

As energy costs soar and winter approaches, adding expenses for home heating oil, Governor Chris Sununu signed legislation he called “the biggest energy assistance program this season.” state has ever seen”.

The legislation, which was introduced and passed in a single day, creates a state emergency fuel assistance program and an additional electric benefit using surplus funds from the state budget. The bill also provides an appropriation to the Department of Energy for the low-income electric program fund.

The one-time $42 million program to help New Hampshire residents who earn between 60% and 75% of the state’s median income and who may also need assistance due to the resulting reduction in purchasing power of higher inflation.

The invoice provides a one-time $450 fuel credit and a $200 electricity credit. Funds will go directly to utilities and suppliers.

“While this final legislation looks a little different from what we originally proposed, it is a great victory, and I would like to thank President Packard and Senate Speaker Morse for crossing the finish line. Thanks to strong fiscal management, New Hampshire is able to invest excess state funds to help families get through this winter.

Democrats told InDepthNH.org they tried to add a renewable energy amendment that was killed by Republicans.

State Sen. Tom Sherman, who is running against Sununu, told inDepthNH he is disappointed Republicans voted down those amendments and fears the state will lose a chance to get good-paying jobs, reduce energy costs and address climate change significantly. way.

Contact journalist Dan Alexander at [email protected] or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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