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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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House Redistricting Committee set to meet on Wednesday

By: - August 24, 2021

On Wednesday, the House Redistricting Committee will meet for the second time this summer and for the first time since the release of the latest census data. Two days before the meeting, some committee members were frustrated they had yet to receive an agenda. Without that in hand, members anticipate that the committee will work […]

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Federal regulators tell Seabrook to improve modeling of concrete degradation

By: - August 23, 2021

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission told Seabrook Station that the facility needs to do a better job modeling future degradation of concrete to ensure the structure is safe, according to a recent report. Some structures at the nuclear energy generator, which is owned by NextEra Energy of Juno Beach, Fla., have what’s called alkali-silica reaction, […]

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‘A final wake-up call’: New report predicts flooding, extreme heat, sea level rise in state

By: - August 23, 2021

Growing up in New Hampshire, Elizabeth Burakowski remembers schools shutting down after getting inundated with snow. But now her own children are getting sent home for an entirely different reason: heat days. School buildings aren’t built for the kind of heat New Hampshire has been experiencing. And hot days, especially when they climb to over […]

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Executive Council plans to question top utilities commission official about staffing crisis

By: - August 20, 2021

The creation of the Department of Energy has led to a staffing crisis, according to some in the department. With state employees getting shuffled into different positions at the new department, other roles have been left vacant. The Public Utilities Commission – which is now administratively attached to the Department of Energy – has filled […]

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Former Trump administration official confirmed as assistant commissioner of Environmental Services

By: - August 19, 2021

Mark Sanborn has been confirmed to take over as assistant commissioner at the Department of Environmental Services, the second-highest ranking environmental regulator position in the state.  In a 4-1 vote on Wednesday, the Executive Council approved the governor’s nomination. Cinde Warmington, a Concord Democrat, was the only councilor to vote against the confirmation. Sanborn will […]

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State and federal legislation bring opportunities for municipalities to build renewable infrastructure

By: - August 18, 2021

With New Hampshire poised to receive an influx of federal money, the state’s largest solar company is encouraging cities and towns to spend it on solar. Some towns haven’t applied for American Rescue Plan Act funding because of uncertainty about what kinds of projects are eligible. According to ReVision Energy, a B Corporation (a business […]

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State poised for windfall of federal money for broadband

By: - August 17, 2021

(This story was corrected at 10 a.m. on Aug. 17. Henry Underwood is the name of the GIS specialist and senior planner at the Monadnock Broadband Group.) The infrastructure bill that passed the U.S. Senate earlier this month contains $65 billion for broadband – a sum lawmakers say is enough to provide universal access to […]

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‘Everything is in a state of flux’: New Department of Energy struggling to find its footing

By: - August 11, 2021

On July 1, a new department was born. Proponents of the reorganization that created the Department of Energy had high hopes that it would help increase transparency and accountability. The vision was to create a “home” for energy policy in state government by pulling some of the energy work that used to happen at the […]

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission official visiting Seabrook Station and its aging concrete

By: - August 10, 2021

This story was updated on Aug. 10 at 2:40 p.m. with a statement from NextEra Energy. Amid growing questions over concrete degradation, a top official from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is visiting Seabrook Station on Tuesday. At a congressional hearing in July, Congresswoman Annie Kuster asked the federal agency how it is handling Seabrook’s […]

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Starting next month, kids under 14 can legally sell lemonade without a permit

By: - August 9, 2021

There’s a new exemption for young entrepreneurs in New Hampshire: They can sell lemonade without a permit. The exemption applies to other soft drinks, too, as long as they are being sold on family property. House Bill 183 was signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu at the end of July and will go into […]

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Vulnerability of state’s infrastructure takes center stage at roundtable discussion

By: - August 6, 2021

Jay Minkarah hadn’t thought about the possibility of a severe flood shutting down the Central New Hampshire Turnpike in Merrimack until he worked on a Department of Transportation assessment looking at exactly that scenario. “It really brought home to me the vulnerability of our infrastructure at a time when we are, you know, pretty clearly […]

Assisted migration aims to help forests – and people – adapt to a swiftly changing climate

By: - August 6, 2021

A tree doesn’t just all of a sudden pull up its roots, pack its bags, and decide to set out for a more hospitable home when the climate changes. But trees do migrate. This can occur through processes like natural selection, where the tree species that are best adapted to a particular area are the […]