Energy + Environment

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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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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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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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Times are tough for farmers, and a new initiative puts the focus on their mental health

BY: - September 17, 2021

Jamie Robertson has already seen the demise of one family farm. His parents’ poultry farm in Gilford used to deliver eggs all over central New Hampshire, but when the market turned in the 1980s they were ultimately forced to sell. That wasn’t the end of farming for Robertson, who is now a fourth-generation farmer at […]

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Chicoine to stay on as interim head of the Department of Energy through October

BY: - September 15, 2021

Without a nomination for a commissioner during Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting, the newly formed Department of Energy is still lacking permanent leadership. Instead, Gov. Chris Sununu nominated Interim Commissioner Jared Chicoine, previously director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, for a second term that will last through the end of October. The five-member Executive Council […]

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Environmental group criticizes state decision to consider only first phase of proposed landfill

BY: - September 13, 2021

The Conservation Law Foundation is challenging the state’s decision to change course on the wetlands permitting process for a proposed landfill in Dalton. While the Department of Environmental Services was originally reviewing the wetlands impact for all three phases of the proposed project, the department requested an amendment in August to consider only the impacts […]

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Nearly 70 percent of the state no longer experiencing drought or ‘abnormally dry’ conditions

BY: - September 2, 2021

While dry conditions have improved in the southern part of the state, the three northernmost counties remain abnormally dry. Parts of Coos County are still experiencing a moderate drought, and one little sliver near the border with Maine is in a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Over the past few months, the […]

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Casella requests extension on Dalton landfill permitting process as opponents work on new bill

BY: - September 1, 2021

The fight over the contentious proposal to put a landfill next to Forest Lake State Park in Dalton is far from over. Last week, New Hampshire state regulators asked Casella to submit an amendment to the wetlands permit application. The state is asking Casella to submit information about how wetlands would be impacted during the […]

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State Senate deputy chief of staff nominated for Department of Energy position

BY: - August 31, 2021

Joshua Elliott, deputy chief of staff for the New Hampshire Senate, is up for confirmation as the new head of the division of policy and programs at the Department of Energy on Wednesday. Sununu’s other appointments to the new department have all been approved by the majority Republican Executive Council. The only opposition to recent […]