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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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What does ‘beating the peak’ actually accomplish?

By: - June 18, 2021

The summer heat waves have already begun, and so have the utility campaigns urging customers to “beat the peak.” Utilities often bill this as both a cost-saving measure and a way to reduce emissions. But some grid experts say this is a zero-sum game played by utilities that comes down to money. They point to […]

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House, Senate Republicans agree on budget policy bill

By: - June 17, 2021

After hours of negotiations during sessions throughout the week, Republican leaders in the House and Senate have agreed on House Bill 2 – the budget policy trailer bill – just an hour before the deadline for its completion. Both chambers will vote on the legislation next week before it makes its way to the governor’s […]

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Liberty wants to charge ratepayers $7.5 million for a project that never happened

By: - June 17, 2021

Liberty is asking the state to sign off on a $7.5 million bill for ratepayers in connection with the company’s efforts to construct the Granite Bridge pipeline, a move the state’s consumer advocate says runs afoul of well-established New Hampshire law. The Granite Bridge pipeline was a contentious project that would have cost $340 million […]

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Citing unintended consequences of legislation, lawmakers kill intimate image bill

By: - June 16, 2021

Lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to set aside a bill that intended to make sending unwanted intimate images a crime. Negotiations on a proposed amendment fell apart after legal experts raised concerns that the bill would weaken existing laws that are used to prosecute sexual offenses. Plus, legal experts and advocates say that sending unwanted intimate […]

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Bill moving state primary date to August headed for governor’s desk

By: - June 15, 2021

Lawmakers have approved a proposal to move the state primary date to the first week of August in a compromise between negotiators from the House and the Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 98 will now make its way to the governor’s desk. If signed into law, it would go into effect in January 2023. That […]

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Lawmakers reach agreement on net metering, cost shifting

By: - June 15, 2021

In negotiations on Tuesday, lawmakers reached agreement on two key energy policy bills – hammering out crucial details about cost shifting and net metering. Both proposals are now one step closer to becoming law and will make their way to the governor’s desk. Language about cost shifting was the main point of contention in Senate […]

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Lawmakers move to scrap proposal for buffer between state parks, landfills

By: - June 14, 2021

This story was updated on June 15, 2021 to correct Sen. Kevin Avard’s chamber. On Monday, lawmakers from the House and Senate met to negotiate legislation that would create a two-mile buffer between state parks and landfills. The Senate, which had previously voted down the proposal, was unwilling to agree with a compromise proposed by […]

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Several bills headed to the governor’s desk

By: - June 11, 2021

On Thursday, the House and the Senate sent several pieces of legislation to the governor’s desk, with both bodies having reviewed the bills and concurred on any changes made up to this point. A total of 24 bills were concurred on in the Senate, and 51 were concurred on in the House.  When a bill […]

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Unable to reach agreement with Senate, House kills a handful of bills

By: - June 10, 2021

There’s a long road between introducing a bill and that bill being signed into law.  In a Thursday session, the House killed several pieces of legislation, unable to reach agreement with the Senate as final deadlines approach to either agree on bills that will be sent to the governor or hash out the differences in […]

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Legislature poised to act on large environmental policy bills

By: - June 10, 2021

This story was updated on June 10, 2021 at 12:11 p.m. with new information. It was also corrected to clarify that SB 91 addresses small in-state energy generators, not out-of-state generators as was previously stated. Several large environmental bills have made their way through the House, including two omnibus environmental bills approved following floor amendments […]

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Dalton passes temporary emergency zoning by small margin

By: - June 9, 2021

At Dalton’s town meeting day, a measure to extend temporary emergency zoning for another year passed in a narrow vote, 135-130. Those in support of the measure hope it will help prevent a proposed landfill from being sited next to Forest Lake State Park.  This issue, which has divided the town, has also become a […]

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In landfill fight’s latest chapter, Dalton voters to decide on emergency zoning extension

By: - June 8, 2021

This story was updated on June 10, 2021. 154,000 gallons of leachate were spilled, not tons. It was also updated to clarify that the House vote on SB 103 was 333 to 33 to pass the bill.   During Tuesday’s annual town meeting, Dalton residents will vote on extending emergency zoning for another year, one of […]