February 06, 2019

Senator Hassan Reintroduces Bill to Create National Study on Net Metering

Legislation Would Provide Guidance to Establish and Expand Net Metering Programs to Support Growing Clean Energy Industry and Help Lower Energy Bills for Hard-Working Granite Staters

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today reintroduced the National Evaluation of Techniques for Making Energy Technologies More Effective and Resilient (NET METER) Act to create a national study on net metering to guide states interested in developing effective net metering programs.

Net metering allows consumers and businesses who generate some or all of their own electricity, particularly through wind and solar energy technology, to be compensated for the excess energy that they provide to the electric grid and other customers. 

“The NET METER Act will provide valuable guidance to states looking to grow their renewable energy market, a move that will help to combat climate change and make energy bills more affordable for hard-working families,” Senator Hassan said. “As communities across New Hampshire and the entire country grapple with the impacts of climate change, I will continue to advocate for a clean energy future that will protect our environment and economy while bringing down energy costs.”

Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) joined Senator Hassan in introducing the NET METER Act. Representatives Tony Cardenas (CA-29) and Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This Friday, Senator Hassan will attend a solar panel unveiling in Newfields, where she will highlight the importance of producing more sustainable and affordable energy across the state. Additionally, Senator Hassan recently took to the Senate floor to address the very real and harmful impacts of rising sea levels on New Hampshire’s economy and Seacoast. 

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