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Senate committee advances energy efficiency bill

BY: - January 18, 2022

This article was updated at 2:44 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2022 to correct Bill Newell’s name.  A bipartisan bill that would restart state energy efficiency programs could reach the governor’s desk as early as February, after it passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee in a unanimous vote on Tuesday.  The version […]

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Utilities commission denies motion for rehearing on energy efficiency decision

BY: - January 7, 2022

The Public Utilities Commission on Friday denied a motion for rehearing on a contentious energy efficiency decision it issued in November. This comes after the state’s utilities, along with environmental, clean energy, and consumer advocates, asked the commission to reconsider the decision.   Instead, the commission doubled down on its initial decision, dismissing claims about due […]

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Losing winter – and big chunks of New Hampshire’s identity

BY: - January 6, 2022

All of the seasons in New Hampshire are warming as a result of climate change, but none as rapidly and dramatically as winter, climate scientists have found. Those seasonal changes, and the loss of winter, threaten to significantly alter the culture and economy of the state, warn the authors of a new study, which finds […]

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Some Democrats push to rescue climate plan in Biden spending package

BY: - January 4, 2022

A group of congressional Democrats on Tuesday called for preserving the climate portions of President Joe Biden’s stalled domestic spending bill as Democrats in the U.S. Senate rewrite the measure. U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Tina Smith of Minnesota, and John Hickenlooper of Colorado, along with Reps. Kathy Castor […]

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Lawmakers seek to add PUC deadline to energy efficiency legislation

BY: - January 3, 2022

Rep. Michael Vose, an Epping Republican, and Sen. David Watters, a Dover Democrat, have drafted an amendment to House Bill 549, which would increase funding for state energy efficiency programs. The bill – not including the latest amendment – will be up for a vote this week, during a flurry of voting as legislators take […]

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Vaccine, environment, energy, and abortion will dominate legislative session

BY: , and - January 3, 2022

Lawmakers won’t have a budget to write, debate, and negotiate this session, but with at least 900 bills awaiting their return on Jan. 5, it will be another busy year. We told you about some of the under-the-radar bills last month. We’re back with a preview of the bills that will be front and center, […]

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Assistance for farmers will cover organic certification costs

BY: - December 27, 2021

Pandemic assistance is now available to cover certification costs for farmers who have switched or are in the process of switching to organic agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing a total of $20 million that farmers can apply for to cover certain expenses from 2020 and 2021 – including the cost of organic […]

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PUC staffer nominated as ‘special commissioner’ on energy efficiency program dispute

BY: - December 22, 2021

Attorney F. Anne Ross was nominated at Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting to serve as a special commissioner on the Public Utilities Commission, which she works for as general counsel. If confirmed, Ross would be acting on a total of 26 various issues that are currently before the utilities commission, including the contentious triennial energy efficiency […]

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For new farmers, accessing land remains a barrier

BY: - December 21, 2021

This article was updated at 9:14 a.m. on Dec. 21 to correct the name of the non-profit it references, which is Land for Good.  For Andal Sundaramurthy, the path to finding what she calls her forever farm was bumpy at best. The process was full of failed attempts and false starts. In the end, it […]

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Consumer advocate asks for disqualification of commissioner in energy efficiency case

BY: - December 17, 2021

The state’s consumer advocate, Don Kreis, asked for Commissioner Pradip Chattopadhyay’s disqualification from a contentious energy efficiency issue that is currently before the Public Utilities Commission. Before Chattopadhyay’s recent appointment as a commissioner, he worked with Kreis as an administrator at the Office of the Consumer Advocate. Kreis and Chattopadhyay disagree over whether that work […]

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Is cutting down a tree for Christmas bad for the environment?

BY: - December 16, 2021

Christmas is a time for celebrating the season and a time for cutting down trees – and that holiday tradition sometimes leads to discussions about what’s best for the environment: Is it greener to buy a real tree or a fake tree, or abstain altogether? UNH forest resources specialist Steven Roberge explained some of the […]

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Business and Industry Association says it is opposed to energy efficiency program cuts

BY: - December 15, 2021

The Business and Industry Association sent a letter to the Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday joining those who have asked the agency to suspend its decision to cut funding for state energy efficiency programs. The letter was signed by David Juvet, interim president of the organization – which bills itself as a leading business advocate […]