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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‘We got eaten alive’: Christmas trees in short supply 

By: - December 13, 2021

In 2020, Mike Ahern’s Christmas tree farm in Plymouth sold 50 percent more trees than normal, which Ahern chalked up to the pandemic: With more people spending time at home, many found their way to the farm for the first time. He was sure things would return to normal this year, but so far that […]

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State’s utilities join with advocates to request reconsideration of PUC energy efficiency order

By: - December 10, 2021

A broad coalition formally requested on Friday that the Public Utilities Commission reconsider its recent decision to cut funding for state energy efficiency programs over the next two years and that the decision – which they said would cause irreparable harm – be suspended in the meantime. All of the state’s electric and gas utilities, […]

Lawyers point to quorum problem with Public Utilities Commission order

By: - December 9, 2021

On Monday, the Public Utilities Commission issued an order clarifying its November decision to drastically reduce funding for energy efficiency over the next two years. But only one commissioner signed off on that decision – and that’s a problem according to a state law requiring a quorum of at least two commissioners. The Monday order […]

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Chicoine confirmed as Department of Energy commissioner

By: - December 8, 2021

Jared Chicoine has been confirmed as commissioner of the state’s fledgling Department of Energy following a 4-1 vote during Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting. Cinde Warmington, the lone Democrat on the council, was the only vote in opposition. Warmington said she opposed the confirmation because Chicoine, by his own admission, lacks technical expertise in energy and […]

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Environmental Services refers Saint-Gobain bypass stack issue to AG for enforcement

By: - December 7, 2021

The Department of Environmental Services has asked the state’s attorney general to get involved in enforcing Saint-Gobain’s permit for air emissions at the company’s facility in Merrimack. At issue is a bypass stack Saint-Gobain built without the state’s permission, according to the DES. During a series of tests in September, state officials found that untreated […]

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‘Our lakes are sick’: Upward trend of cyanobacteria blooms troubles residents, experts

By: - December 6, 2021

This story was updated on Dec. 6, 2021, at 10:28 a.m. to correct the name of the nonprofit NH LAKES. Kirk Meloney first started going to Lake Kanasatka in Moultonborough as a boy. He remembers the crystal-clear water in the small lake – you could see straight to the bottom, even in parts of the […]

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Liberty asks utilities commission to suspend energy efficiency decision

By: - December 3, 2021

Liberty Utilities has asked the Public Utilities Commission to suspend an energy efficiency decision the company says would cause “irreparable harm” if implemented. The utility filed a motion for a stay of order early Friday morning, the latest response to a contentious decision from the utilities commission to reject a triennial energy efficiency plan and […]

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Study: Those eligible for food stamps may not be using program due to lack of state outreach

By: - December 2, 2021

New Hampshire hasn’t had an outreach plan for its food stamp program in more than four years – and an analysis of recent years shows that people who are eligible may not be using the program, according to the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. The institute found that outreach could help increase awareness of the […]

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Squirrels, hares, and bears: As a new session approaches, a look at under-the-radar legislation

By: , and - December 2, 2021

While proposed legislation suggests COVID-19, voting rights, and abortion will consume much of the legislative debate once lawmakers reconvene in January, there are at least 800 proposed bills focused on other matters, like snowshoe hares, funeral processions, and utility companies hoping to fell trees on private property. We read through the 874 proposed pieces of […]

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Nashua overlooked in ‘Booster Blitz’ campaign, state lawmakers say

By: - December 1, 2021

Nashua lawmakers are raising concerns that the state’s “Booster Blitz” overlooked New Hampshire’s second largest and most diverse city, even as the city has one of the highest COVID-19 positivity and community transmission rates in the state. The governor’s office said on Wednesday a nearby location was chosen instead to avoid confusion with a pre-existing […]

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Grafton County’s broadband push faces challenge from incumbent providers

By: - December 1, 2021

For Heidi Reynolds, not having reliable high-speed internet at her home on the border of Lyme and Hanover was taking a toll. The grueling 60-plus-hour work week as executive director of the AVA Gallery in Lebanon was depressing, and the option to work from home nonexistent. So, without another job lined up, Reynolds quit – […]

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Utilities commission’s energy efficiency decision draws lawsuit, contractor complaints

By: - November 30, 2021

Clean Energy New Hampshire announced on Monday that it would file a lawsuit over the Public Utilities Commission’s recent decision to cut funding for the state’s energy efficiency programs. The nonprofit is suing in conjunction with energy efficiency contractors who are impacted by the decision. The organization will file suit in New Hampshire Superior Court, […]