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.

So far, drinking water and wastewater have claimed the most in federal aid

By: - November 22, 2021

With a third of the state’s nearly $1 billion of federal pandemic money allocated, drinking water and wastewater projects have received the biggest slice of funding as of October, according to recent analysis by the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. Of the $360 million approved, over 40 percent of it has gone to water infrastructure. […]

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In drawing new House maps, a divide over the definition of fair

By: - November 22, 2021

The maps that will shape elections for the next decade made their way out of a special committee last week and are heading to the full House for a vote. But while the dramatic changes to the congressional maps have taken center stage, nonpartisan observers have their eyes on issues with the House maps that […]

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Low-income energy efficiency programs to decrease under PUC decision

By: - November 19, 2021

A decision from the Public Utilities Commission to reject a three-year energy efficiency plan would also impact programs for low-income residents of the state. Low-income programs are funded through a mix of federal and state dollars. The state’s contribution comes from the System Benefits Charge, a portion of residents’ monthly electric bills. Twenty percent of […]

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Assistance for Granite Staters struggling to afford heating fuel to increase 60 percent this winter  

By: - November 18, 2021

This story has been updated at 3:35 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2021 to reflect additional federal funding secured by the congressional delegation and to include the dates the program runs for the winter heating season. In light of rising heating costs for the coming winter, assistance for those struggling to afford heating fuel will increase […]

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Eversource halts new energy efficiency applications, audits, work in wake of PUC order 

By: - November 17, 2021

On Wednesday, Eversource told around 40 of the energy efficiency contractors it works with to stop taking new applications for part of the NHSaves program and to halt energy audits, a move the company said it was forced to make after the Public Utilities Commission rejected the triennium energy efficiency plan on Friday. The company’s […]

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Redistricting committee sends maps to the full House

By: - November 17, 2021

In a three-hour executive session, the House Special Redistricting Committee voted on all the maps it was tasked with redistricting, including county commissioner, the House of Representatives, and congressional districts. The committee reached bipartisan agreement on five out of the nine county commission maps: Coos, Hillsborough, Sullivan, Belknap, and Grafton. Strafford County elects its county […]

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Utilities commission: Liberty cannot recoup Granite Bridge costs from ratepayers

By: - November 16, 2021

The Public Utilities Commission has rejected Liberty Utilities’ bid to recoup $7.5 million related to Granite Bridge, a pipeline project that never ended up happening. Liberty has 30 days from when the Oct. 29 decision was issued to appeal. The utility’s attempt to recover its costs drew pushback from the consumer advocate, who said the […]

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‘It essentially dismantles all of the progress’: Energy efficiency decision sends a chill

By: - November 16, 2021

Energy efficiency programs in New Hampshire are in for a big change if a decision issued by the Public Utilities Commission late Friday is enacted. In that decision, the commission rejected an energy efficiency plan to increase spending and then took it a step further, slashing funding for energy efficiency over the next two years […]

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Supporters of offshore wind fear New Hampshire is blowing a big opportunity

By: - November 15, 2021

Drought. Flooding. Extreme rain. Warmer winters. Less snowpack. The impacts of climate change have already touched the northeastern corner of the United States, just as they are being felt in different ways across the country and planet. With world leaders having departed COP26, a massive international conference in Glasgow that set goals for tackling this […]

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Utilities commission rejects energy efficiency plan

By: - November 13, 2021

Following a 10-month delay on a plan designed to go into effect at the start of the year, the Public Utilities Commission has denied what would have been the state’s most ambitious triennial energy efficiency plan to date. That plan proposed spending over $350 million on energy efficiency over the next three years.  All of […]

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Committee votes to recommend bill creating renewable portfolio standard exemption

By: - November 12, 2021

The House Ways and Means Committee has given the green light to a bill that would exempt state and local governments, including cities and towns, from paying into what’s called the renewable portfolio standard.  The “ought to pass” recommendation on Wednesday for House Bill 614, which was retained last session, followed a a flurry of […]

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How federal funds will bolster infrastructure in New Hampshire

By: - November 11, 2021

Another windfall of federal money is expected to start flowing into New Hampshire soon, as the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that passed Congress is now awaiting a signature from President Joe Biden to become law. Here’s what we know about how those funds would help bolster infrastructure and clean energy in New Hampshire. […]