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Energy in New Hampshire

Helpful New Hampshire energy links

Energy underlies every aspect of modern life: transportation, communication, heating and cooling, showering and cooking, even access to clean drinking water. The ways residents and businesses in New Hampshire power their lives have changed over time and differ from other regions of the United States. Today, New Hampshire has seen an increase in natural gas. Natural gas produced nearly 42% of all electricity consumed in New England in 2016. In New Hampshire, each resident spent an average of $3,934 on energy in 2015. The fact that New Hampshire energy costs are so high is striking, because electricity generation costs are low compared to prior decades. The New Hampshire State Energy Strategy identifies strategic goals and program actions to support those goals.

Natural Gas
Natural gas use has continued to increase in New Hampshire for the purpose of energy generation. ISO-New England predicts that New England natural gas consumption will increase as a result of the shutdown of 15 percent of the region's current generating capacity, leading to an inevitably overburdened pipeline system delivering fuel to the region.

Nuclear
Seabrook Station is the largest electricity generating assest in New Hampshire. With 1,250 MW of generating capacity, the nuclear plant produced more than 55 percent of all electricity generated in New Hampshire in 2016, and it is one of only a few nuclear plants in New England, which together supplied 30 percent of the regions electricity.

Renewable Energy
In 2016, 17 percent of electricity generated in New Hampshire was from renewable resources. Renewable energy is highly likely to continue to grow as a percentage of total eletricity generation in New Hampshire.

Renewable Power in New Hampshire: 2011 to 2016 (in MWh)
Source Year 2011 Year 2016
Biomass 1,025 1,689
Hydro 1,605 1,145
Wind 66 432
Solar * 52

Resources for researching energy in New Hampshire

  • SEDS: State Energy Data System- this site is run by the EIA and allows you to search for state specific energy data. Much of the information on this page comes from SEDS.
  • EIA electrical data- National and state level statistics related to electric energy in the US.
  • EIA electrical price and sales data- Lists prices, revenues and number of customers by state, by utility, and by energy retailer.
  • EIA interactive energy resources map- A map of generation, fuel distribution and processing, and power transportation that allows you to set different layers and look at generation in New Hampshire and the rest of the United States.
  • EIA Grid data – this is a relatively new page on EIA which allows users to look at timely and historic grid load data. It is useful for looking at how our grid operators manage power demand and supply across the country.
  • ISO NE- Electricity in New England is overseen by the Independent System Operator of New England. They have information about the amount of electric demand and supply, the kinds of generation available in NH, and plans for future electric supplies.
  • The US Census: American Fact Finder – provides estimates on demographic data as well as things like heating fuel use by household.
  • EPA- Emissions data
  • EIA Short Term Energy Outlook- short term predictions for energy use and prices
  • EIA Annual Energy Outlook- Long term projections for energy prices
  • NH PUC- The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission oversees regulation for most of our energy systems in the state.
  • Clean Energy Policy overviews of all 50 states including New Hampshire:
  • NHSEA- The New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association has information about sustainable energy issues in New Hampshire.
  • Business and Industry Association- New Hampshire’s self-declared statewide Chamber of Commerce, has information about their member businesses perspectives on energy in New Hampshire
  • New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility- Another business association that weighs in regarding energy issues.
  • Local Energy Solutions- A website supporting and sharing work of local energy commissions
  • Union Leader- News articles covering New Hampshire
  • Energy in NH Overview- By New Hampshire Magazine

Links regarding Solar Capacity in New Hampshire

 

NH Office of Strategic Initiatives
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor  |  107 Pleasant Street  |  Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2155  |  fax: (603) 271-2615