Energy out front: Sununu defends biomass vetoEDITORIAL
August 09. 2018 11:10PM
The New Hampshire Legislature will come back into session on Sept. 13, just two days after the state primary election, to consider bills vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu.
That will put electric rates at the forefront of the race for governor.
Democrats Molly Kelly and Steve Marchand both support Senate Bill 365, which would increase mandates for utilities to purchase power from biomass plants, driving up electric rates.
Sununu vetoed the bill, and is now touting that decision in an online ad titled “Ax the Biomass Tax.”
Forcing ratepayers across New Hampshire to subsidize biomass plants that can’t compete at market rates will benefit the people who supply the wood that is turned into energy. But it would do so by driving up costs for businesses and families across the state.
Most of the benefits would go to the large out-of-state and international corporations that own the biomass plants. We have nothing against them, but they have no claim on the dollars of ratepayers.
Sununu recently signed several bills to hold down electric rates and make the cost of state energy regulations more transparent. We wish he had also vetoed a bill extending the power purchase agreement with the Burgess Biomass Plant in Berlin.
That decision aside, and unlike his Democratic rivals, Sununu is looking out for New Hampshire ratepayers.