Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee reported on energy and environment for New Hampshire Bulletin. She also 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.

Wind turbines on farmland

Report: State lost 5 percent of energy jobs due to the pandemic

By: - July 19, 2021

In 2020, New Hampshire lost nearly 1,650 energy jobs, about a 5 percent decline from before the pandemic, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy. Energy efficiency jobs were among the hardest hit, according to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. “It was one of the sectors in energy that was growing the fastest, […]

New Hampshire renters need to earn $24 an hour to afford ‘modest’ housing, report shows

By: - July 16, 2021

New data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition found that a New Hampshire renter would have to earn $24 an hour to afford a modest apartment. That puts New Hampshire 13th highest among states in “housing wage” – how much a renter would have to earn to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to the […]

Public hearing on proposed Dalton landfill draws a crowd in opposition

By: - July 15, 2021

They came wearing black. About a hundred people gathered at White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield on Wednesday in opposition to a landfill proposed for a site near Forest Lake State Park in Dalton.   The rally outside the school’s gym was held in advance of a public hearing hosted by the Department of Environmental […]

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Hanover becomes third municipality in the state to approve a community power plan

By: - July 14, 2021

The town of Hanover will launch its own community power program following a vote at Tuesday’s town meeting, which makes it the third municipality in the state to approve such a program. Voters gathered at Dewey Field parking lot for a drive-in style town meeting, which residents attended by car. The approval of the Hanover […]

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Department of Justice seeks salary boost for director of communications

By: - July 14, 2021

The Department of Justice is looking to create a new pay grade for its director of communications, Kate Giaquinto. The proposal will be put before the Executive Council for a vote on Wednesday. If approved, the request would create a new labor grade, ranging from $71,896.24 up to $100,159.28 for the communications director position. Attorney […]

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Evans-Brown named executive director of Clean Energy New Hampshire

By: - July 13, 2021

Former NHPR reporter Sam Evans-Brown has stepped into a leadership role at Clean Energy New Hampshire, one of the state’s most prominent clean energy advocacy organizations. The nonprofit, which was previously led by Madeleine Mineau, is also involved in educational initiatives in the state. Mineau left the executive director role in June to take a […]

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‘This is definitely on us’: June brings record-breaking heat

By: - July 13, 2021

This story was updated on Tuesday, July 13 at 3:27 p.m. to clarify that this was the hottest June on record, not the hottest month. This June was the hottest on record for New Hampshire, in addition to breaking heat records across North America. A report released by the National Centers for Environmental Information shows […]

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Funding approved for climate change mitigation efforts

By: - July 9, 2021

Last week, the Executive Council approved $63,299 to cover the cost of staff at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services who are doing work associated with a clean air settlement to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice sued American Electric Power, alleging that […]

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New Hampshire among nine states still opposing Purdue Pharma deal 

By: - July 8, 2021

Fifteen states have reached a deal with Purdue Pharma on the company’s bankruptcy organization plan. New Hampshire is not among them.  The deal moves the states and company a step closer to a $4.5 billion opioid settlement. Plaintiffs in the case are trying to hold the company and its owners, the Sackler family, responsible for […]

Abubakar Khan, a Dartmouth graduate student, stands in front of the exterior staircase of his Hanover apartment building.

‘The perfect storm’: Housing shortage pinches the Upper Valley

By: - July 8, 2021

This story has been updated on July 8, 2021 at 11:55 am to reflect that Keys to the Valley collected housing shortage data in a study of the Upper Valley.  When Tishya Srivastava received an acceptance letter for a master’s program at Dartmouth, it was good news. But the excitement about moving to Hanover didn’t […]

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CEO of New Hampshire Electric Co-op stepping down

By: - July 7, 2021

After six years at the helm of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, CEO and President Steve Camerino will be stepping down to take over as the CEO of a regional law firm. Camerino will leave the electric co-op for a top position at McLane Middleton, Professional Association, based in Manchester. Camerino had worked as an […]

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Council approves marketing contracts for agritourism, employment, state parks

By: - July 6, 2021

Last week, the Executive Council unanimously approved a $15.5 million contract with GYK Antler LLC for ongoing state marketing campaigns. The bulk of the funding will go toward domestic and international advertising through the Division of Travel and Tourism. The marketing agency will continue to work with the state on an array of campaigns, including […]