Craft beverage industry to get energy efficiency assistance

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire craft beverage industry is getting some help with improving its energy efficiency and reducing waste.

A program under the state Department of Environmental Services has received a two-year grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant. The program will partner with electric and gas utilities to provide technical assistance to businesses producing beer, wine, mead, cider and hard seltzer.

The program also will partner with the New Hampshire Brewers Association, University of New Hampshire Brewing Program and the New Hampshire Craft Spirits Association to offer training and educational materials.

DES said the craft beverage industry in New Hampshire continues to grow rapidly and plays an important role in the state's economy. But along with the growth is the potential for increased environmental impacts with issues relating to the discharge of wastewater, increased energy use and water consumption.