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 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, […]

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Lawmakers call for Saint-Gobain closure following state’s discovery of continued PFAS pollution

By: - November 29, 2021

Lawmakers are calling on the Department of Environmental Services to shut down Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Merrimack after a September test conducted by the state showed the company is still emitting toxic PFAS chemicals into the air. The Department of Environmental Services found several deficiencies at the facility, most stemming from an unauthorized bypass stack […]

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The high cost of home heating and what you can do about it

By: - November 25, 2021

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping, and energy costs are about to soar. Some electric companies have already announced that their rates are going to rise as much as 60 percent this winter. And the cost for home heating fuels is swelling anywhere from 30 to over 50 percent or more, based […]

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Energy efficiency decision draws opposition

By: - November 23, 2021

This story has been updated at 5:47 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2021 to include comments from Gov. Chris Sununu. A decision from the Public Utilities Commission to reject the state’s triennial energy efficiency plan is facing opposition from the city of Dover, and Democrats in the state are asking the governor to take a stance. […]