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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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No-bid contract leads to testy exchange and near loss of six new vaccination sites

By: and - December 22, 2021

The state barely secured six additional walk-in vaccination sites capable of providing 15,000 shots a week after a vote Wednesday by three councilors who opposed a $7.2 million contract because it was not put out to bid, a process that would delay the sites by as much as three months. Gov. Chris Sununu did not […]

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For new farmers, accessing land remains a barrier

By: - December 21, 2021

This article was updated at 9:14 a.m. on Dec. 21 to correct the name of the non-profit it references, which is Land for Good.  For Andal Sundaramurthy, the path to finding what she calls her forever farm was bumpy at best. The process was full of failed attempts and false starts. In the end, it […]

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Consumer advocate asks for disqualification of commissioner in energy efficiency case

By: - December 17, 2021

The state’s consumer advocate, Don Kreis, asked for Commissioner Pradip Chattopadhyay’s disqualification from a contentious energy efficiency issue that is currently before the Public Utilities Commission. Before Chattopadhyay’s recent appointment as a commissioner, he worked with Kreis as an administrator at the Office of the Consumer Advocate. Kreis and Chattopadhyay disagree over whether that work […]

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Center awarded grant to grow health care workforce, boost cultural competency

By: - December 16, 2021

The Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center has been awarded a $528,000 grant to grow the health care workforce and provide trainings on cultural competency. The center, a department of Lamprey Health Care, is the only program in the state to promote health care careers “with an emphasis on minority, disadvantaged populations, and rural […]

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Is cutting down a tree for Christmas bad for the environment?

By: - December 16, 2021

Christmas is a time for celebrating the season and a time for cutting down trees – and that holiday tradition sometimes leads to discussions about what’s best for the environment: Is it greener to buy a real tree or a fake tree, or abstain altogether? UNH forest resources specialist Steven Roberge explained some of the […]

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Business and Industry Association says it is opposed to energy efficiency program cuts

By: - December 15, 2021

The Business and Industry Association sent a letter to the Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday joining those who have asked the agency to suspend its decision to cut funding for state energy efficiency programs. The letter was signed by David Juvet, interim president of the organization – which bills itself as a leading business advocate […]

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Casella withdraws wetlands permit application, plans to resubmit next year

By: - December 14, 2021

Casella Waste Systems sent a letter to residents of Dalton late last week informing them that it would be withdrawing a wetlands permit application related to its proposed landfill near Forest Lake. The company plans to resubmit the application in 2022. The landfill plan has divided the town of Dalton, and some opponents of the […]

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Sununu letter supports Department of Energy’s stance on energy efficiency programs

By: - December 14, 2021

In a letter to Department of Energy Commissioner Jared Chicoine on Tuesday, Gov. Chris Sununu praised the department for raising concerns about the state’s energy efficiency plan. On Friday, the Department of Energy asked the Public Utilities Commission to either clarify or reconsider a contentious November decision cutting funding for state energy efficiency programs. The […]

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Department of Energy joins those asking PUC to reconsider energy efficiency decision

By: - December 13, 2021

The N.H. Department of Energy asked the Public Utilities Commission to either clarify or reconsider a contentious November decision cutting funding for state energy efficiency programs.    The request was filed by Department of Energy attorney Brian Buckley on Friday, the same day that all of the state’s utilities, along with environmental, clean energy, and ratepayer […]

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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 […]