- Associated Press - Thursday, April 26, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire senators have voted down a bill which would have used some environment funding for energy efficiency efforts.

Currently, a portion of funds from a regional body that works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is returned to ratepayers. The bill, which already passed the House, would have taken those monies that go to the half-million residential ratepayers - about $6 a year each - and redirected them to energy efficiency and weatherization programs for municipalities, schools and low-income residents.

Conservation Law Foundation official Melissa Birchard says the Senate’s defeat of the bill goes against Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s energy policy that prioritizes efficiency to help lower people’s bills. Opponents of the bill argue giving the money to ratepayers helps keep energy prices lower and stimulates the economy.

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