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Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s energy and environment reporter. She previously reported on these issues at VTDigger. Amanda grew up in Vermont and is a graduate of Harvard University. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies, with a concentration in creative writing, from Dartmouth College. Her work has also appeared in the LA Review of Books and the Valley News.

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Chicoine named interim commissioner of new Department of Energy

By: - June 29, 2021

Jared Chicoine will serve as interim commissioner of New Hampshire’s new Department of Energy. Chicoine, a resident of North Haverhill, will be leaving his current role as the director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives. The office will effectively be dissolved in the government restructuring that Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law last week as […]

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Utilities announce electricity rate increases

By: - June 28, 2021

The Public Utilities Commission has been under fire for its failure to move forward on multiple major pending dockets. Orders have been issued recently addressing one key item, however: increasing electric rates. For both Eversource and Liberty customers, the cost of electricity will go up on Aug. 1. Unitil’s rate increase went into effect on […]

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Will New Hampshire finally deliver on the promise of cheaper electricity?

By: - June 28, 2021

Expensive electricity is not a new problem in New Hampshire.  It’s one that has rankled lawmakers for decades, aggravated customers, and hindered the state in its efforts to advance clean energy initiatives. Twenty-five years ago, lawmakers thought they were on to something: allowing for market-driven solutions to bring down prices and create customer choice. Restructuring […]

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New Department of Energy emerges intact from budget process

By: - June 25, 2021

In the months of negotiations over the state’s next biennial budget, there was comparative silence on one item that would reshape energy policy in the state. The version of the budget that has been approved by both the House and Senate contains a new Department of Energy, reorganizing what is now the Office of Strategic […]

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Increased cap on net metering, other environmental measures approved

By: - June 24, 2021

An array of environmental legislation made its way through the House and Senate Thursday, including a measure to increase the cap on net metering that lawmakers have been trying to pass for years.  Other environmental efforts, such as a ban on jet skis in one Seacoast area and a buffer between state parks and landfills, […]

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Lawmakers send bill moving state primary, other election law measures to governor’s desk

By: - June 24, 2021

Both the New Hampshire House and Senate met Thursday to vote on legislation that went through committees of conference last week. House Bill 98, which moves the state primary from September to August, and Senate Bill 31, which addresses absentee ballots, are now headed to the governor’s desk.  House Bill 98: State primary The Senate […]

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For the People Act stalls in Washington, but what does that mean for state legislation?

By: - June 23, 2021

New Hampshire lawmakers responded to federal election reform with a proposal of their own that critics say would create a two-tier election system separating local and federal elections. But now that the For the People Act has stalled in Washington, what happens to pending legislation in New Hampshire? Senate Bill 89 contains several election law […]

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Legal protection for sex workers reporting sexual assault becomes law

By: - June 22, 2021

A bill to protect sex workers who report sexual assault was passed into law on Monday with a signature from Gov. Chris Sununu. House Bill 123 makes it clear that sex workers who report sexual abuse will not be prosecuted for prostitution, which is a misdemeanor under New Hampshire law. Advocates say the legislation sends […]

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Sununu said he is likely to veto earlier state primary date

By: - June 21, 2021

A proposal to move New Hampshire’s state primary to the first week of August has been approved by House and the Senate negotiators, but Gov. Chris Sununu is not on board and said he would likely veto the bill. Proponents of the earlier date say the later primary gives incumbents who are established and have […]

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Republican lawmakers push absentee ballot analysis bill to next session

By: - June 18, 2021

A proposal requiring analysis of absentee ballot requests died during legislative negotiations Thursday as lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on the measure. Republican lawmakers intend to work on the bill’s language over the summer and reintroduce it next session. House Bill 291 would have required the Attorney General’s Office to analyze data about absentee […]

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What does ‘beating the peak’ actually accomplish?

By: - June 18, 2021

The summer heat waves have already begun, and so have the utility campaigns urging customers to “beat the peak.” Utilities often bill this as both a cost-saving measure and a way to reduce emissions. But some grid experts say this is a zero-sum game played by utilities that comes down to money. They point to […]

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House, Senate Republicans agree on budget policy bill

By: - June 17, 2021

After hours of negotiations during sessions throughout the week, Republican leaders in the House and Senate have agreed on House Bill 2 – the budget policy trailer bill – just an hour before the deadline for its completion. Both chambers will vote on the legislation next week before it makes its way to the governor’s […]