The Associated Press April 14, 2010, 1:58PM ET

NH Senate sends governor renewable energy bill

The New Hampshire Senate has sent legislation to Gov. John Lynch that encourages homeowners, businesses and communities to produce their own energy from renewable sources.

The bill allows consumers who generate up to one megawatt of electricity to be credited on their electric bill for the power. If they generate more than they consume, they could be paid at a rate equal to what the utility saves by not having to produce or buy the power.

The current limit on what consumers can get credit for generating is 100 kilowatts.

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