Climate Action Plan

Notice of Request for Public Comment: Draft Priority Measures for New Hampshire’s Priority Climate Action Plan

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) issues this Notice of Request for Public Comment for NHDES’ draft Priority Measures for New Hampshire’s Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP). 

Through the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the federal government provided many tools to pursue greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution reductions, including the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program, which is being administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The CPRG program is providing $4.3 billion in grants to states and local governments to develop and implement ambitious plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. In implementing the CPRG, EPA seeks to achieve the following broad objectives:

  • Tackle damaging GHG pollution while creating good jobs and lowering energy costs for families. 
  • Accelerate and empower community-driven solutions in low-income, disadvantaged communities.
  • Reduce harmful air pollution in places where people live, work, play and go to school. 

On August 15, 2023, EPA awarded NHDES a noncompetitive CPRG planning grant to develop, among other things, a PCAP that must be submitted to EPA by March 1, 2024. The PCAP will be a narrative report that will include a focused list of New Hampshire’s near-term, high-priority, and implementation-ready measures to reduce GHG emissions in the state. The PCAP is a pre-requisite for competing in the second phase of the CPRG program, during which EPA will competitively award $4.3 billion in grants for implementation of measures listed in a PCAP. NHDES has developed a draft list of priority measures .

Instructions for submitting comments: NHDES will accept comments on its draft priority measures until 4 PM, February 20, 2024. Only written comments will be accepted. Comments may be sent by postal mail, or email (email is preferred). Please include your name, organization, mailing address, email address, and telephone number with your submittal.  

By email: cprg@des.nh.gov. Please include the following text in the subject line: “Public Notice - Draft Priority Measures for New Hampshire’s Priority Climate Action Plan.”

By Mail: NHDES Climate Pollution Reduction Grants         Attention: Kurt Yuengling, Air Resources Division        NHDES Permitting and Environmental Health Bureau        P.O. Box 95        Concord, NH 03301-0095

For more information about the CPRG program, please visit NHDES’ Climate Pollution Reduction Grants webpage. For information about NHDES’ community engagement for CPRG program, please visit the webpage pf NHDES’ partner, New Hampshire Listens. If you have questions about the draft priority measures or have difficulties accessing a copy, please contact NHDES at cprg@des.nh.gov.