Energy + Environment

Drought conditions cover 99 percent of state, with water restrictions in 78 communities

BY: - August 15, 2022

Drought conditions have engulfed New Hampshire, with around 99 percent of the state experiencing some degree of drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Conditions are worst in southern New Hampshire, with 14 percent of the state in severe drought along the Massachusetts border. Just north of that, another swath is in moderate drought, making […]

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Newport receives $6.1 million for wastewater facility upgrade

BY: - August 12, 2022

The town of Newport has received $6.1 million in federal funding to update its wastewater treatment facility. The update will help the town meet federal water quality standards and prevent contaminants from entering the Sugar River downstream from the facility. The facility has required remediation for a decade. While the town attempted to make the […]

What the ‘largest climate legislation ever’ would mean for the state’s economy, environment

BY: - August 12, 2022

More electric vehicles on the road, heat pumps in many homes, and an increase in renewable energy on the landscape, such as wind and solar. That’s what the country could look like if the federal Inflation Reduction Act becomes law. The bill passed the Senate this week, the first time such significant steps to address […]

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Berlin to use waste heat from Burgess BioPower to clear snow from streets, sidewalks

BY: - August 11, 2022

The city of Berlin won a $19 million federal grant to use waste heat from biomass plant Burgess BioPower to keep its streets and sidewalks clear of snow in the winter. Installing the heat system will also allow the city to replace around two miles of roads in the downtown area as well as a […]

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Bedford firm chosen to complete offshore wind assessment for NH  

BY: - July 29, 2022

A Bedford environmental consultancy firm has been selected to complete an offshore wind assessment for the state. Normandeau Associates Inc. was awarded about $250,000 to complete the study and report. The Executive Council approved the contract this month on the recommendation of the Department of Energy, which received bids from two other companies, Power Advisory […]

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‘Transformative’: Community power rules approved by utilities commission

BY: - July 29, 2022

In a move energy experts believe will transform the state’s energy market, the Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved community power rules that will allow cities and towns to save money and prioritize renewable energy.  The rules advance efforts that date back more than 25 years to bring down New Hampshire’s high energy costs by […]

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Department of Energy proposes one-time $405 electric benefit for low-income households

BY: - July 25, 2022

Facing federal deadlines to spend pandemic relief money or return it, the Department of Energy has proposed making one-time $405 payments to some low-income households to offset the cost of electricity, which will spike for many in August. The Executive Council is set to review that request when it meets Wednesday. The department would cover […]

Seabrook watchdog creates radiation monitoring system to withstand extreme weather

BY: - July 25, 2022

The watchdog group C-10 has 19 devices monitoring radiation levels within a 10-mile radius of the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant. Those independently operated devices provide real-time information and trigger alerts if radiation reaches a dangerous level. But in 2018, a windstorm took those monitors offline for more than a day, leaving the region with […]

Replacing New Hampshire’s lead pipelines

BY: - July 21, 2022

A federal Oct. 2024 deadline requires all water providers to inventory their service lines containing lead. But state officials worry that small water providers will struggle to meet the deadline and are requesting funding to complete inventories on their behalf. That request will appear before lawmakers at the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee Friday, with the […]

State’s new 10-year energy strategy focuses on addressing high costs

BY: - July 19, 2022

With energy costs spiking, the Department of Energy just released its state energy strategy, a document that sets state energy goals for the next 10 years and makes recommendations to policy makers about how to achieve them. Addressing the high cost of energy is listed as the top priority, with recommendations the state limit government […]

As aging farmers retire, lawmakers explore how to boost beginning producers

BY: - July 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than half of American farmers will reach retirement age in the next 10 years, but the steep price of entry to start a farm, along with rising input costs and volatile markets, make it tough for young and beginning farmers to take their places.“Farming is inherently a risky business, but in the […]

Increased oil cost drives up DOT paving projects by $1.3 million

BY: - July 18, 2022

The Executive Council approved $1.3 million in additional spending last week to cover increases in construction projects around the state due to the rising cost of fuel and asphalt. In its request for the funding – which spanned several contracts – the Department of Transportation said the increased cost of oil has driven up the […]