“I worked hard to pass clean energy and environmental protection legislation when I was in the State Senate to help create jobs and lower energy costs, and as Governor, I will continue to move New Hampshire toward a 21st century energy policy.”
– Maggie Hassan

Maggie is a longtime champion of environmental protection and clean energy investments that have created jobs and reduced energy costs for families and businesses.  New Hampshire’s natural resources are among our most valuable state assets, and it is critical to maintain a healthy environment going forward.  The science behind climate change is incontrovertible, and Maggie believes New Hampshire must continue to be at the forefront of energy efficiency and alternative energy initiatives.

As State Senate Majority Leader, Maggie worked across party lines to ensure New Hampshire joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  The program was designed to create jobs, lower energy costs for Granite Staters, and begin to curb climate change by capping carbon emissions at large power plants.  The state has re-invested the revenue from this program in the New Hampshire economy, supporting a variety of programs including energy efficiency projects to further reduce energy costs.  In just its first three years, RGGI has already saved the state over $17 million, created over 400 jobs, lowered energy costs and begun to curb carbon emissions.  For more information about the support of RGGI among local businesses, read A.J. Nassar and Dana Niu’s article from earlier this year in the Portsmouth Herald.

While in the State Senate, Maggie also championed a number of other environmental and clean energy initiatives.  She supported New Hampshire’s renewable portfolio standards, which helped spur the development of new biomass and wind energy plants.  She also spearheaded efforts to reduce mercury emissions in the state.

While the recent legislature has attempted to roll back some of these successful environmental and clean energy initiatives, as governor, Maggie promises to protect these programs and continue to move New Hampshire toward a 21st century energy policy.  Maggie plans to develop a 10-year statewide energy plan, focusing on the same priorities she championed in the State Senate: clean energy investments, energy efficiency, and environmental protection.  She also plans to make New Hampshire a top destination for green technology companies by doubling the Research-and-Development tax credit, expanding successful programs like the Green Launching pad, and enabling New Hampshire’s workforce by aligning our education system to the needs of 21st century businesses.  To read more about Maggie’s “Innovate NH” plan, click here.

Maggie is also a strong supporter of New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP).  She believes the program’s efforts to protect our natural, historical and cultural resources are important to growing New Hampshire’s economy and preserving our state’s heritage.  Maggie will work hard to protect LCHIP’s dedicated funds.