CITIZEN VOICES® Slight majority oppose repeal of the renewable portfolio standard - 104 participants

Jan 19, 2017

New Hampshire’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requires utility companies to obtain a certain percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources. Rep. Bart Fromuth is sponsoring a 2017 bill, HB 225, to repeal the RPS. Read more about this issue here. On January 19, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH repeal the renewable portfolio standard?”  

Should NH repeal the renewable portfolio standard?

Renewable Portfolio Standard Repeal New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 104 participants gave 260 responses.

A total of 91% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 9% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 104 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 260 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 22 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said

No: A majority, at 55% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to repealing the renewable portfolio standard.

  • “We need to transition to renewable energy or we will stay dependent on fossil fuels until they run out.”
  • “I am a NH resident that would like to see us moving towards a greener future.”
  • “I want my utility to be forced to buy as much renewable energy as they can.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 45%, were in favor of repealing the renewable portfolio standard.

  • “Unless renewable energy can survive the economy without the government, it is not practical and is a burden on business and the taxpayer.”
  • “Power companies should be able to buy power from the cheapest suppliers, not be forced to buy from overpriced so-called renewables.”
  • “Yes… Nothing hurts the poor like high energy costs and New Hampshire's energy costs are among the highest in the nation.”

Other: As noted above, 9% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. This included discussion of other aspects of energy production and supply.

  • “There is almost zero electricity produced by oil in New England.”
  • “Not every consumer has options to pick an environmentally responsible supplier.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Related Bill

HB 225 (2017)
Bill Status: Signed by Governor
Hearing date: Apr 11, 2017

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