Legislature’s use of Renewable Energy Fund called ‘bait and switch’

New Hampshire Union Leader

The state Legislature grabbed more than $17 million from the state’s Renewable Energy Fund to balance the budget and bail out the financially troubled Tri-County Community Action program in the North Country – a move that has renewable-energy advocates and ratepayer groups crying foul.

The budget approved by the House and Senate last week and signed by the governor on Friday takes $16.1 million for the general fund and an additional $1.25 million for the community action program. That leaves the state’s renewable-energy grant and rebate program with a budget of $7.8 million for the fiscal year that begins on Monday.

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