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New Hampshire Renewable Portfolio Standard

Date Last Updated11/19/2012
Policy TypePortfolio Standard
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeNew Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
Policy Initiation Date5/11/2007
Policy SummaryNew Hampshire's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) specifically allows renewably-fueled CHP to qualify under the RPS's Class I targets. The RPS includes four distinct standards for different types of energy resources; classified as Class I, Class II, Class III, and Class IV. Renewably-fueled CHP qualifies as a Class I resource and receives credit for both the electricity output as well as the "useful thermal energy" output. Useful thermal energy is defined as renewable energy delivered from Class I sources that can be metered and for which fuel or electricity would otherwise be consumed. To determine the amount of credit each system receives, "each 3,412,000 BTUs of useful thermal energy is equivalent to one megawatt-hour." The RPS applies to the state's investor-owned utilities and requires that 24.8% of retail electricity sales must come from qualifying resources by 2025.
CHP Eligibility RequirementsOnly renewably-fueled CHP systems can qualify under the Class I targets and systems must begin operation after January 1, 2006.
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
Does Not Specify
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