The New Hampshire Department of Energy Division of Enforcement primarily provides support to other divisions within the Department of Energy and externally to other state agencies in subject matters of Undeground Damage Prevention, Pipeline Safety, Electrical Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Physical and Cyber Security, Geographic Information Systems, Audit and Investigation.
Effective July 1, 2021 New Hampshire Legislature created a newly formed Department of Energy separate from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission. As a result, the responsibilities that were formerly part of the Safety Division of the Public Utilities Commission have been transferred to the Division of Enforcement within the Department of Energy. The new law HB2 allows the Division of Enforcement to utilize the existing safety related rules found in the applicable Administrative Rules known as Puc 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 1300, and 1400 rules. These rules typically have safety components that are to be exercised and enforced until new Department of Energy rules are established. The Division of Enforcement website has historical information that will often reference the Safety Division of the Public Utilities Commission which was applicable for those periods prior to July 1, 2021.
The New Hampshire Department of Energy Division of Enforcement has responsibilities for six general areas of oversight. The Division primarily provides support to other divisions within the Department of Energy and externally to other state agencies in subject matters of: