May 3 — To the Editor:
The NH House will be voting next week on SB204, a bill that encourages the development of energy storage technology by both private companies and regulated electric utilities, in a way that minimizes financial and other risks.
Energy storage technology allows the electric grid to be more resilient. As a State Rep on the Science Technology and Energy Committee said this week in supporting the bill, it allows residences, businesses and utilities to save electricity for when it’s needed. This is as revolutionary as the refrigerator, which made it possible to store food for future use.
SB204 recognizes that energy storage is transformational because a wide variety of technologies that can/will store energy will produce many benefits, including a reduction in electricity costs, energy security for retail and commercial electricity consumers, and many environmental and health benefits. Energy storage technology has a vital role to play in avoiding the need to expand carbon-based electricity generation in New Hampshire.
Energy storage supports renewable energy in a big way, because it erases the claim that solar, wind and hydropower ultimately have limited potential, because they’re intermittent sources of energy. It allows all the electric energy these sources generate to be harvested, and either used or saved up for use at another time.
SB204 appears to have some bipartisan support, but its passage cannot be assumed! Please contact your legislator(s) and strongly recommend that they pass HB204 next Thursday at the NH House’s Legislative Session.