Energy Security

Live Free or Die.

In New Hampshire, that statement is more than just a state nickname.  It's a way of life.  So it's no surprise that an increasing number of New Hampshire citizens are looking for solutions to help America declare its energy independence.

This independence is exactly what’s needed if we are to halt our increased reliance on foreign energy sources -- a reliance that is a threat to our energy security and national security.


  • New Hampshire has no petroleum or natural gas reserves, nor does it produce or refine natural gas or petroleum.
  • Petroleum products make up almost half of New Hampshire's energy consumption. 
  • About three-fifths of New Hampshire elecetricity in generaed from natural gas. Nearly half of all New Hampshire households rely on fuel oil as their primary heating fuel,88 making the state particularly vulnerable to distillate fuel oil supply constraints and price spikes during the winter months.  

    ***  NOTE:  In a supply emergency, the U.S. Department of Energy could release heating oil from its nearby Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, which was created by Congress in 2000 to avert supply disruptions. The reserve holds 1 million barrels of ultra-low sulfur diesel in storage tanks located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Ultra-low sulfur heating oil replaced high-sulfur heating oil throughout New Hampshire in 2018.

While an all-of-the-above energy policy that embraces alternative energy sources is necessary and strategically smart, The US Energy Information Adminstration predicts that demand for natural gas and oil to provide at least 60% of our energy needs to continue at least through 2040.  Renewables remain a critical part of our energy mix, but the EIA projects that they will only meet 12% of our energy needs.

A modernizes energy infrastructure system is important for New Hampshire's future independance. 

The International Energy Agency defines energy security as the uninterrupted availability of energy sources at an affordable price. 

Such reliable energy is crucial because we are wholly dependent on energy to power our lives. We use energy for powering and heating our homes and businesses; transporting our children to schools and our first responders to emergencies; manufacturing goods and transporting them to markets; constructing and maintaining our homes, bridges and buildings; and defending our country.  We also use inputs from energy resources like natural gas and oil as a foundation for nearly every product we use on a daily basis, from clothing, to makeup, to cellphones and medicines.

Fortunately, thanks to remarkable advances in technology, we are now able to access stores of oil and natural gas right here in the North Americas that have been previously inaccessible to us.  That means increasing the availability of energy to meet our needs, and making energy more affordable for Americans.  

Developing our rich natural gas and resources is also generating jobs and economic prosperity.
The oil and natural gas industry currently supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs, and accounts for $1.3 trillion or 7.6 percent of the U.S. GDP (2015).  And these are well-paying jobs that are often twice the average salary of other non-industry jobs in a state.

Every day, the industry fills state and federal government coffers with tens of millions of dollars in taxes, fees and royalties – approximately $30 billion annually.   All while investing hundreds of billions more in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

A 2017 study showed that over the next two decades, we could see $1.3 trillion of private investment go into U.S. natural gas and oil infrastructure, which could also generate 1 million new jobs and $1.89 trillion in added GDP.

And a strong oil and natural gas industry is a vital part of the retirement security for millions of Americans.  If you own mutual funds, pension funds, IRAs, you’ve probably benefitted from owning some shares in "big oil."

Our energy abundance is also decreasing our reliance on energy imported from foreign sources in unstable regions or who don't share America's best interests.  So in addition to powering America with reliable, affordable supplies of energy and generating economic prosperity, natural gas and oil are securing America’s national security.