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NEW HAMPSHIRE RATEPAYER FUNDED PROGRAMS

CURRENT PROGRAMS
Rate Assistance
  • Electric Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Eligibility: Customer of participating electric utility and income at or less than 200% FPG
    • Provides monthly electric bill discount from 8 to 77% off first 750 kWh depending on income and household size
  • Gas Assistance Program (GAP)
    • Eligibility: Customer of Liberty Utilities or Unitil Gas and receipt of or eligibility for LIHEAP, EAP, SSI, TANF, SNAP, WIC or several other means-tested programs
    • Provides discount up to 60% off delivery portion of bill
Energy Efficiency
  • Home Energy Assistance (HEA)
    • Eligibility: Up to 200% FPG, customer of participating electric and gas utilities
    • Provides up to $8,000 in energy efficiency improvements for electric and natural gas customers in coordination the state's WAP; includes insulation, weatherization, appliance and lighting upgrades, health and safety measures
Participating Utilities
  • EAP and HEA: Public Service Company of New Hampshire, Granite State Electric, Unitil Energy Systems, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative
  • GAP: Liberty Utilities or Unitil/ Northern
Annual Funding (2014)
  • EAP: $13.6 million
  • GAP: $1.6 million (estimate)
  • HEA: $3.9 million electric utilities / $1.1 million gas utilities
Households Served (2014)
  • EAP: 33,444
  • GAP: 5,500 (estimate)
  • HEA: 814 electric utilities / 535 gas utilities
Funding Mechanism
  • EAP: System benefit charge (SBC) of 3.3 mills per kWh on all electric ratepayers, split between energy efficiency and rate assistance
  • GAP: Local Distribution Adjustment Charge
  • HEA: Electric: portion of SBC of 3.3 mills per kWh; gas: Local Distribution Adjustment Charge
Administration
Utilities with oversight by NH PUC in coordination with Office of Energy and Planning (LIHEAP and WAP grantee) and community action agencies
LEGISLATION
Authorizing
RSA 374-F, Electric Utility Restructuring
Other Important
REPORTS / EVALUATIONS
Results And Effectiveness of the System Benefits Charge, Annual Report, NH PUC, October 1, 2014 (prior reports available)

2013-2014 CORE New Hampshire Energy Efficiency Programs

New Hampshire Statewide CORE Energy Efficiency Plan, 2015-2016

Core Energy Efficiency Reports