FUEL ASSISTANCE – ENERGY ASSISTANCE –
WEATHERIZATION PROGRAMS FOR NH DISTRICT THREE RESIDENTS
As a helpful reference, I have compiled a partial listing of energy services for New Hampshire families. — Janet
On August 1, 2022, energy supply rates increased drastically in New Hampshire with costs per kilowatt-hour (kWh) doubling from 10.669 c/kWh to 22.566 c/kWh with one of New Hampshire’s largest suppliers. The spike in electricity costs is attributed to the benchmark U.S. price for natural gas doubling in price from the prior year to $9 per million BTU. Gas is the largest source of electric power in the U.S. and gas prices help set the cost of electricity around the country. In all, gas fueled about 38 percent of utility-scale power generation in the country last year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In New Hampshire, natural gas is used to generate 25% of our state’s electricity, with nuclear energy providing 56%.
The New Hampshire Department of Energy attributes these higher energy costs to global volatility of energy markets:
“The higher prices we are seeing are the result of an energy supply crunch brought about by increased energy usage as the economy recovers from the COVID pandemic, uncertainties in supply stemming from the ongoing war in Ukraine, and growing inflation.”
More specifically, these rate increases come at a time residents are dealing with the highest inflation rate since the 1980s.
Heading into the winter months, I would like to inform all District Three constituents of various fuel and energy assistance programs, energy efficiency programs, and weatherization programs available. These come through Southern New Hampshire Services (the Community Action Program for District Three), Unitil and Liberty Utilities home heating assistance (gas) programs, and NHSaves.