HB1342 (2020) Detail

Establishing a program for installation of heat pumps for low-income housing.


HB 1342-FN-A - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2360

06/03

 

HOUSE BILL 1342-FN-A

 

AN ACT establishing a program for installation of heat pumps for low-income housing.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. McWilliams, Merr. 27; Rep. McGhee, Hills. 40; Rep. Klein-Knight, Hills. 11

 

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a program for the installation of high-performance air source heat pumps in certain construction funded in whole or in part by public funds.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2360

06/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT establishing a program for installation of heat pumps for low-income housing.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Section; Program for the Installation of Heat Pumps for Low Income Housing.  Amend RSA 125-O by inserting after section 29 the following new section:

125-O:30  Program for the Installation of Heat Pumps for Low-Income Housing.

I.  There is established a program for the installation of heat pumps for low-income housing for the purpose of funding the installation of high-performance air source heat pumps as the primary heating system during the construction, remodeling, or renovation of any multifamily residential structure funded in whole or in part by public funds, where the calculated heating load exceeds 1.3 watts per square foot per year as determined by the commission.  

II.  The program shall be funded from the energy efficiency fund established in RSA 125-O:23 and by federal or state grants or private sources.  Eligible program measures may include, but are not limited to, training or certification of energy auditors, insulation installers, mechanical heating system installers, and maintenance technicians and building energy inspectors.

2  Energy Efficiency Fund.  Amend RSA 125-O:23, I to read as follows:

I.  There is hereby established an energy efficiency fund.  This nonlapsing, special fund shall be continually appropriated to the commission to be expended in accordance with this section and RSA 125-O:30.  The state treasurer shall invest the moneys deposited therein, as provided by law.  Income received on investments made by the state treasurer shall also be credited to the fund.  All programs supported by these funds shall be subject to audit by the commission as deemed necessary.  A portion of the fund moneys shall be used to pay for commission and department costs to administer this subdivision, including contributions for the state's share of the costs of the RGGI regional organization.  No fund moneys shall be used by the commission or the department to contract with outside consultants.  The commission shall transfer from the fund to the department such costs as may be budgeted and expended, or otherwise approved by the fiscal committee of the general court and the governor and council, for the department's cost of administering this subdivision.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

20-2360

11/13/19

 

HB 1342-FN-A- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT establishing a program for installation of heat pumps for low-income housing.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [ X ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Funding Source:

  [    ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Energy Efficiency Fund

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTY:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

 

METHODOLOGY:

The Department of Environmental Services and Public Utilities Commission state this bill establishes a program for installation of high-performance air source heat pumps as the primary heating system in qualifying, publicly funded multi-family residential structures.  The program is to be funded from the energy efficiency fund established under RSA 125-0:23.  The bill does not state which of the existing program allocations would fund the new program, or define the level of funding.  Currently, RSA 125-0:23 appropriates the energy efficiency fund to the Public Utilities Commission.  The energy efficiency fund supports statewide energy efficiency programs.  The Department and the Commission assume the program allocations and funding level would be determined by the Commission in the course of an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard docket, and the program administrators would be responsible for designing and implementing the new heat pump program.  Therefore, the fiscal impacts to state, county, or local revenues or expenditures are indeterminable.  The bill also states the program shall also be funded from federal or state grants or private sources.  The Commission and the Department assume any available other funding sources would be used as matching funds.  

 

It is assumed this bill will not be implemented until FY 2021.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Public Utilities Commission and Department of Environmental Services

 

Links

HB1342 at GenCourtMobile
HB1342 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 23, 2020 House Hearing
March 3, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 11, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1342 Revision: 6971 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 2:49 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 1 P. 18
Jan. 23, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/23/2020 02:00 pm LOB 304
March 3, 2020 Executive Session: 03/03/2020 10:00 am LOB 304
March 11, 2020 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/11/2020 (Vote 18-0; CC) HC 10 P. 28
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 18-0; CC)
March 11, 2020 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/11/2020