Expired, Repealed, and Archived New Hampshire Incentives and Laws
The following is a list of expired, repealed, and archived incentives, laws, regulations, funding opportunities, or other initiatives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, advanced technologies, or air quality.
Public utilities must consider whether to implement EV TOU rates for residential and commercial customers. In their determination, they must consider whether implementing these rates would encourage energy conservation, optimal use of facilities and resources by an electric company, and equitable rates for customers. In April 2022, the State of New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission published the approved TOU rates for EV charging stations.
(Reference New Hampshire Revise Statutes 236:133)
Delaware, District of Columbia (D.C.), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia signed a Declaration of Intent to create the TCI, a regional initiative to improve transportation, develop a clean energy economy, and reduce carbon emissions and air pollutants from the transportation sector. The signatory states and D.C. agree to explore and develop policies and programs that result in greater energy efficiency of regional transportation systems and reduce emissions. Additionally, states support the deployment of clean vehicles and fueling infrastructure, such as electric vehicle supply equipment, to maximize the economic opportunities and emissions reductions. For more information, see the TCI website.
The New Hampshire Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Infrastructure Commission (Commission) promotes the use of PEVs in the state. The Commission must make recommendations on the following:
- The development of zero emission vehicle (ZEV) technology and infrastructure, including the installation of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) for residential, business, and municipal use;
- The availability of high-speed EVSE and the feasibility of installing high-speed EVSE on public property;
- The development of EVSE installations, including high-speed chargers, along state and federal highway corridors, at public transportation hubs, and in parking garages;
- New Hampshire joining the Multi-State ZEV Task Force or other interstate agreement to support the installation of EVSE;
- Tax credit legislation for the installation of residential and commercial EVSE;
- Changes to state laws and regulations that encourage the development of ZEV technology and infrastructure;
- Potential funding sources for ZEV technology and infrastructure; and
- State agency workplace charging.
Funding is available from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) for EVSE deployed along major travel corridors in New Hampshire. NHDES will prioritize DC fast EVSE located on I-93 and I-89, and Level 2 EVSE located along interstates, major travel corridors, areas currently without EVSE, and for the purpose of workplace charging. Rebates are available for 75% of the project cost, up to $25,000 for DC fast, $5,000 for dual-port Level 2, and $3,000 for single-port Level 2. Projects must be completed by June 15, 2016; and rebates are awarded after project completion. Applications for funding are due by November 20, 2015, for DC fast EVSE, and by November 30, 2015, for Level 2 EVSE. For more information, see the NHDES Drive Electric website.
The following was repealed after the submission of the final report in November 2015: The Commission to Study Revenue Alternatives to the Road Toll (Commission) was established to study and report findings and recommendations for alternatives to the road tax placed on hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles, as well as other fuel-efficient and emerging technology vehicles. Revenue alternatives the Commission identifies may be used to fund improvements to the state's highways and bridges. The Commission must also track current road taxes and use findings from the 2012 Taxation of Alternative Fuel and Electric Powered Vehicles Commission to determine its final recommendations. The Commission must submit a final report to state officials by November 1, 2015. (Reference House Bill 460, 2015, and New Hampshire Revised Statutes 261:1)
The Taxation of Alternative Fuel and Electric-Powered Vehicles Commission (Commission) was established to study and report findings and recommendations to ensure hybrid electric, alternative fuel, and electric motor vehicles equitably contribute revenue to maintain the state's highways and bridges. The Commission must submit a report of its findings to state officials. (Reference House Bill 1144, 2012)
New Hampshire state agencies and departments must implement a Clean Fleets Program in accordance with the recommendations of the Energy Efficiency in State Government Steering Committee, including but not limited to the following components:
- An anti-idling policy;
- A highway fuel economy rating requirement of at least 27.5 miles per gallon (mpg) for all new passenger and light-duty vehicles and at least 20 mpg for all new light-duty trucks except for emergency and law enforcement vehicles;
- A requirement that new passenger and light-duty vehicles are certified as low emission vehicles in accordance with the recommendations of the Energy Efficiency in State Government Steering Committee;
- A policy ensuring that the appropriate vehicle is selected for the intended use of the vehicle;
- A requirement that vehicle purchases be in compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct) if applicable;
- A waiver procedure for requesting vehicles not on the approved New Hampshire Department of Administrative Services vehicle list;
- Additional measures to promote fuel conservation.
(Reference Executive Order 2005-4)
A committee composed of members of the New Hampshire Legislature studied the issue of low-speed utility vehicle access to public highways. The committee prepared a report with their findings and developed recommendations for proposed legislation. The final report included recommendations to amend and expand the definition of low-speed utility vehicles and impose new fees. (Reference Senate Bill 67, 2013)
The Motor Vehicles Classification Committee (Committee) was established to study vehicle classification laws used for new vehicle types. The scope of the study includes alternative classification systems to define non-traditional vehicles including alternative fuel vehicles and configurations, such as electric motor vehicles. The Committee must submit a report to state officials by November 1, 2012. (Reference Senate Bill 26, 2011)
The Commission to Study the Production and Distribution of Biodiesel in New Hampshire was tasked with studying the state's biodiesel production capacity, state and regional feedstock sources for production, and methods to encourage production. The Commission's Final Report identified current barriers to increased production and use and provided recommendations to address these barriers. (Reference House Bill 245, 2009)
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the Granite State Clean Cities Coalition (GSCCC) provide competitive funding on a cost reimbursement basis for qualified alternative fuel and advanced vehicle projects. Only projects located in ozone nonattainment or maintenance areas in the state are eligible for funding. For more information see the GSCCC website.
The Alternate Fuel Vehicle Study Commission (Commission) was established to study the existing road and taxation rules associated with alternative fuel and advanced vehicles, including, but not limited to, electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and any vehicles that are not powered completely by gasoline engines. Specifically, the Commission will evaluate whether operating restrictions for alternative fuel and advanced vehicles and methods of providing funds for their use on highways should be established. The Commission must report its findings and recommended legislative action to the New Hampshire Legislature by November 1, 2010. (Reference House Bill 1304, 2010)
In an effort to reduce air pollution, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) educates diesel truck and bus drivers and other diesel vehicle owners about the environmental, financial, and health consequences of engine idling. The NHDES provides information, sample idling policies, and signage.
The state established a committee, comprised of members of the state legislature, to study the use of biodiesel for use in vehicles, among other uses. The committee released the Final Report of the Committee to Study the Uses of Biodiesel for Home Heating and Vehicular Transportation in November 2005 with recommendations for encouragement of biodiesel production and use in the state, as well as biodiesel fuel quality standards. The study committee recommended that the state Department of Transportation undertake a pilot program in which a portion of the Department’s diesel vehicle fleet would use a biodiesel blend that meets the ASTM D6751 standard. As a result of this report, the Department of Transportation installed a biodiesel refueling station in August 2006 for use by the Department and the University of New Hampshire. (ReferenceBill 152, 2005)