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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The debate on greenhouse gas emissions: Science is clear, but political path forward isn’t

By: - October 29, 2021

On Tuesday, a group of lawmakers had a heated debate over a bill that would establish goals for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a climate action plan. New Hampshire is the only New England state that hasn’t established a goal for reducing emissions, which is a problem, according to some environmental […]

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Remaining CARES Act money to go toward long-term care, food pantries, shelters

By: - October 28, 2021

With a deadline approaching for spending the rest of the CARES Act money, Gov. Chris Sununu announced on Wednesday how the remaining funds will be pushed into programs with the goal of spending that money before the end of the year. $11.5 million will go toward addressing the COVID-19 impact on long-term care. Long-term care […]

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The dismal heating season ahead: lower temperatures and higher prices

By: - October 28, 2021

This article has been updated on Oct. 28, 2021 at 9:53 a.m. to clarify that colder temperatures are predicted for much of the U.S., while the prediction for New Hampshire is a more mild winter. Get ready for the rate shock. That’s what almost everyone who is paying attention to the price of heating fuels […]

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Chairwoman of Public Utilities Commission steps down; Chicoine nominated to lead Energy

By: - October 27, 2021

After a two-year tenure as chairwoman of the Public Utilities Commission, Dianne Martin is resigning from the top position, four years before her six-year term was set to end.  The newest addition to the utilities commission, Dan Goldner, who started in May, was nominated to take over for Martin. Her last day as chairwoman will […]

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New legislation aims to protect groundwater

By: - October 26, 2021

A proposal to site New England’s first new landfill in over a decade in New Hampshire has sparked outrage and some local support – and also legislation. On the heels of a failed attempt to create a 2-mile buffer between landfills and state parks, a new proposal instead puts the focus on groundwater and how […]

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‘We are hemorrhaging species’: The biodiversity crisis in New Hampshire

By: - October 26, 2021

The number of species on the planet is decreasing – a process that is accelerating and leading to international concern among scientists that it could result in a collapse in biodiversity. That was the topic of a massive United Nations conference attended by leaders from around the globe, which concluded earlier this month. Scientists are […]

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Net metering, community power measures go into effect

By: - October 25, 2021

Municipalities can now net meter up to 5 megawatts of power, thanks to a new law that went into effect on Monday. The law also contains important provisions to move community power efforts forward, with over a dozen municipalities across the state poised to start procuring their own power. Community power allows local governments, like […]

Redistricting committee announces schedule for drafting maps, hearing public input

By: - October 20, 2021

House Special Redistricting Committee Chair Rep. Barbara Griffin, a Goffstown Republican, announced on Wednesday the committee’s schedule for drafting maps and hearing public input ahead of a Nov. 18 deadline. The committee will not meet next week, in an effort to give its 15 members more time to draft maps. Members will convene again on […]

House committee to vote on requiring law enforcement to collect data on race

By: - October 20, 2021

On Wednesday, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will vote on a proposal that would require law enforcement to collect and analyze data related to race. The legislation, which was retained in committee last session, was a recommendation that came out of the Commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Community, and Transparency (LEACT). In […]

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Proposed legislation places focus on Indigenous affairs

By: - October 19, 2021

A handful of proposals would create legislation to address issues of importance to New Hampshire’s Indigenous residents: among them are adding a land acknowledgment in New Hampshire statute, banning Native American mascots in schools, and creating Indigenous People’s Day. A contentious proposal that would have given tribes recognized by the state of Vermont the authority […]

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The challenge of redistricting in rural New Hampshire

By: - October 18, 2021

There’s a lot of things one might glean from living out of a camper van and traveling around the country for a year and a half. For Chichester native Dave Andrews, the main takeaway was that the political system in the United States is flawed. And by the time the trip was over, he had […]

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Hanover to power municipal electricity through new 8-acre solar array

By: - October 15, 2021

Hanover debuted a new solar array on Thursday that will produce enough energy to power almost all of the municipality’s electrical needs. The array, which is on 8 acres, is made up of 4,560 solar panels that will generate 2 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year. That makes it the largest municipal solar farm […]