For Immediate Release
June 26, 2013
CONCORD - Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today after signing into law Senate Bill 99, which requires a study of the Site Evaluation Committee and process, and develops regulatory criteria for the siting of energy facilities:
"To create jobs, reduce energy costs, and strengthen our clean energy sector, we must pursue ways to strengthen our system for evaluating energy projects, especially to incorporate the evaluation of relative economic value and impact, while also recognizing and respecting the time, energy and investment that many businesses have already made in submitting proposals for new energy projects in our state.
"Senate Bill 99 provides resources to help the state begin important efforts to plan for an innovative energy future. The bill requires a review of the state's energy siting law and process, including consideration of the role of the public and municipalities in the siting process, the need for funding and staffing of the Site Evaluation Committee, and the use of transportation rights of way for energy infrastructure. It also requires new rules for the Site Evaluation Committee which can help provide clarity about siting requirements.
"I thank the sponsors of the bill and the many advocates who participated in the legislative process for their efforts on issues that are so important to our citizens, our environment and our future energy costs, reliability and diversity."