The State of New Hampshire is currently engaged in a number of initiatives designed to help the state meet its energy goals, as well as be a national leader in energy policy.
New Hampshire has two clean transportation programs that seek to reduce the emission of air pollution by automobiles, trucks, and buses and to reduce the state's reliance on foreign oil supplies.
- The Granite State Clean Cities Coalition, which is operated by the NH Department of Environmental Services and funded by the US Department of Energy, is a partnership of local private and public fleets throughout the state. The project seeks to expand the use of alternative, cleaner burning fuels by private and public fleets and individuals. GSCCC offers training, equipment and vehicle demonstrations, and strategic planning services.
The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Project, which is operated by the NH Department of Environmental Services and funded by Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding from the NH Department of Transportation and the US Department of Transportation. The project provides funding to help state and municipal fleets purchase alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure.
Building Energy Code Compliance Project
In May 2009, the New Hampshire State Building Code Review Board adopted the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, with the long-term goal of reaching 90% verifiable compliance with code by 2017 for both new and renovated construction.
United States buildings use more energy and emit more carbon dioxide than either the industrial or transportation sectors, and the US Department of Energy (DOE) states that the single most important step to reducing energy use in buildings is to enforce compliance with minimum building energy codes. Using ARRA funds, OSI was able to study the problem of code compliance in the state, concluding that New Hampshire has a huge opportunity in this area, as existing compliance is around 45%. In April 2012, a Roadmap to Compliance was released. This document lays out a plan for New Hampshire to achieve 90% compliance by 2017, and OSI is participating on a working group to implement the Roadmap's recommendations.
High Performance Building Standard
In July 2010, New Hampshire enacted SB 0409 , which adopted the ASHRAE Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings (Standard 189.1-2009) for state owned buildings. SB 0409 specifies that the ASHRAE Standard "shall be implemented to the maximum extent possible, while remaining at or below the allowable 10-year payback period, per RSA 155-A:13." This standard is expected to save the state money on operating costs in its buildings over the long term. Additionally, the state's adoption of the standard establishes New Hampshire as a leader in the high performance building field, maintaining the state's record of being an innovator.
New Hampshire Energy and Climate Collaborative
The New Hampshire Energy and Climate Collaborative was established in 2009 following the release of the NH Climate Action Plan. The Collaborative's goal is to facilitate the implementation of the Plan's recommendations by bringing together leaders from all sectors of society - government, business, not-for-profits, and academia – to focus our collective attention on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The federally funded State Energy Program includes support for improving and monitoring the State's procurement policies to ensure energy efficient purchases and processes.
Government at the federal, state, and local level has the power not only to "Lead by Example," but to significantly impact the market for energy efficient products and services through requirements set in procurement policies and practices. With the support of the Office of Strategic Initiatives , the State of New Hampshire has established the following: