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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Interim funding approved for electric assistance program

By: - October 4, 2021

A program to help low-income people struggling to pay their electricity bills has been funded, but only for October and November. Each year, the state’s electric utilities submit budgets to fund the program that must be approved by the Public Utilities Commission before they can go into effect.  The program budget usually runs from October […]

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House redistricting committee to work around a deadline issue regarding city wards

By: - October 1, 2021

House districts include city wards, but some cities won’t finish redrawing their wards to reflect the most recent census data until January. That’s a problem for the House because its maps are due in November, two months before city wards will be finalized. In a Wednesday meeting of the House Special Redistricting Committee, representatives voted […]

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In wake of canceled meeting, Institute of Politics says it will no longer host public hearings

By: and - September 30, 2021

This story was updated Sept. 30, 2021, at 6 p.m. with information that Gov. Chris Sununu had canceled an event, citing concerns for ticket holders. A day after Gov. Chris Sununu downplayed a raucous protest that shut down an Executive Council meeting Wednesday, Attorney General John Formella announced he’s investigating whether any protesters broke the […]

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With redistricting underway, citizens raise their voices about lack of representation

By: - September 30, 2021

Strafford County has a problem when it comes to representation and redistricting. The county serves as the head of the dragon-shaped Executive Council District 2 – a visible example of how gerrymandering can “pack” like-minded voters, Democrats in this case, into a district that stretches across the state. But not all of the problems stemming […]

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State urges municipalities to use federal funding for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure

By: - September 29, 2021

When it comes to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in New Hampshire, needed updates total a whopping $1 billion, according to estimates from the state Department of Environmental Services. The department is now encouraging municipalities to leverage federal funding to move long-needed projects forward. While federal relief funding from the American Rescue Plan Act doesn’t […]

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Bill to bar discrimination based on hairstyle fails to gain committee’s support

By: - September 28, 2021

A proposal to bar “discrimination based on hairstyles relative to a person’s ethnicity” was deemed “inexpedient to legislate” by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in an 11-10 vote along party lines. Rep. Alexis Simpson, an Exeter Democrat, spoke in support of the bill, as well as an amendment that was introduced to broaden the […]

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Lawmaker proposes slashing legislators’ pay to 2 cents per biennium

By: - September 27, 2021

Pay for New Hampshire lawmakers has remained the same since 1889, a situation that a legislative proposal seeks to change. It’s not the raise that some have advocated for. A proposal in the upcoming legislative session looks to cut the $200 per biennium lawmakers currently earn to 2 cents per biennium, and 1 cent per […]

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Climate strikes across the state urge state and national action on climate change  

By: - September 24, 2021

A climate strike in downtown Concord on Friday pushed for more aggressive state and federal action on climate change, as a part of a series of coordinated actions happening throughout the state and world. A youth-led group called Fridays for Future reported over 300 strikes in North America and nearly 1,000 in Europe. Six strikes […]

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What can New Hampshire learn from a little island with a lot of renewable energy?

By: - September 23, 2021

This story was updated on Sept. 24, 2021 at 3:45 p.m. to clarify that small-scale water storage is not an efficient way to store energy.  About 10 miles off the coast of New Hampshire, there’s a little island that could be a snapshot of what our future on the mainland might look like when it […]

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Proposed legislation would increase the amount of local food in schools

By: - September 22, 2021

A bill that will be introduced during the next legislative session aims to increase the amount of New Hampshire-grown food that’s served in public schools. The proposal sets a statewide target that 10 percent of food served in schools will be grown in the state. Rep. Alexis Simpson, an Exeter Democrat, filed a request for […]

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Consumer advocate threatens legal action over energy efficiency docket

By: - September 21, 2021

The state’s consumer advocate has threatened legal action if the Public Utilities Commission doesn’t approve an energy efficiency docket that was supposed to take effect at the start of 2021. The commission chose not to approve the plan following opposition from Republican lawmakers. After a new commissioner was appointed in May, a September order determined […]

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ACLU criticizes New Hampshire AG for signing letter threatening legal action over voting act

By: - September 20, 2021

New Hampshire is one of 23 states, each with a Republican attorney general, that signed on to a letter threatening legal action if the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act becomes law. Devon Chaffee, executive director of the ACLU of New Hampshire, called the threat “unconscionable.” “Attorney General [John] Formella’s opposition to this critical legislation […]