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The office of State Senator Kevin Avard (R-District 12) has produced an excellent video on the necessity and importance of overturning Gov. Sununu's vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446. Watch the video here

 

Sen. Avard's district includes Nashua, which has a large hydropower facility. SB 446 in particular would be a great help for hydro, solar, and biomass power. SB 446 and SB 365 would help guarantee that local energy plants have the means to generate local power for New Hampshire residents. The Sununu vetoes of these bills makes the state's energy complex more dependent than ever on natural gas generated by outside companies beyond New Hampshire's control. In addition, the vetoes threaten hundreds of local jobs and hundred of millions of dollars of local economic contribution to the New Hampshire economy. 

In a letter dated August 6, 2018, and written to state Sen. Jeb Bradley, signed by all three members of the Town of Sandwich's Select Board, the Town strongly endorsed efforts to overturn Gov. Sununu's misguided, misinformed, and irresponsible vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446.
"Many of our citizens either work in the logging industry or benefit from forestry activities on their land. Indeed, our Town annually realizes between $20,000 and $35,000 or more in Timber Yield Tax [,] reflecting an annual generation of between  $200,000 and $350,000 in forestry proceeds generated by our citizens," the letter states. "Forestry is a mainstay of our New Hampshire economy as it is for the Town of Sandwich."
The letter goes on to point out that current low energy prices brought by imported gas cannot last long. "We strongly suggest that we do what we can to keep local, renewable power available for citizens of our Town, our County and our State."
The full letter can be read here.
The New Hampshire legislature will vote on Sept. 13, 2018, whether to overturn the Sununu vetoes. A successful overturn requires a two-thirds majority of both legislative chambers (Senate and House) of those representatives and senators present for the vote.

 

A rally to overturn Gov. Sununu's misinformed and misguided vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446 will be held on the State House plaza in Concord, N.H., on Sept. 6, 2018, beginning at 10 a.m. Speakers and a press conference will follow at 11 a.m., with lunch after.

 

Senate bills 365 and 446, both of which were passed by the N.H. legislature with overwhelming bipartisan majorities, are crucial for the survival of hundreds of jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars of economic contribution to the N.H. economy, and the health of our state's extensive forests. The bills give critical support to the biomass energy sector.

 

The Governor claims that he vetoed the bills because they would increase energy rates for N.H. residents and businesses. This is nonsense. There is a much greater cost to residents, businesses, and the state if biomass energy and all its associated jobs and economic contribution disappear as a result of the vetoes.

 

Overturning the vetoes requires a two-thirds majority of both chambers of the legislature (House and Senate) of the representatives and senators present for the vote. The vote will be taken on Sept. 13.

 

On Sept. 6 in downtown Concord, please join the NHTOA and all those who support healthy forests, the $1.4 billion N.H. timber industry, and thousands of landowners who want to sustainably manage their woodlands for forest health.

Valley News reporter John Lippman authored an excellent story about the devastating impact on Springfield Power, one of six independent biomass energy plants in New Hampshire, of Gov. Sununu's vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446. The story was published in the Saturday, August 4, 2018, edition of the Valley News, and it can be read here

The New Hampshire legislature will meet on Sept. 13 to consider overturning Sununu's misguided vetoes, which, if not overturned, will have a ruinous effect on the state's timber industry as well as on hundreds of jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars of economic contribution to the state's economy, and the health of New Hampshire's forests.