Energy + Environment

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Omnibus environmental bill on renewable energy and utilities moves to the House

BY: - June 1, 2021

The House will take up an omnibus environmental bill on Thursday that would require the state to adopt rules about energy storage, among three other renewable energy measures. The legislation also includes proposals regarding hydroelectric generation, group credits for net metering, and the purchase of energy across states. With battery usage and other energy storage […]

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Summer hiking season begins – and rescue season along with it

BY: - May 31, 2021

Memorial Day kicks off the summer hiking season in New Hampshire, and with it, hikers who need rescuing. If last year is any indication, a lot of those rescues will be done by phone.  Typically, the state Fish and Game search-and-rescue team averages about 50 “non-responsive” rescues a year, meaning someone from the team can […]

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Environmental Services says state is approaching widespread drought

BY: - May 28, 2021

Half of the state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions, according to a recent report from the Department of Environmental Services. The state agency is urging water suppliers to track drought conditions and to ask individuals to conserve water. The state has put out guidance for municipalities on lawn-watering restrictions. Restrictions can go into place in […]

Blow-Me-Down Farm in Cornish. A green field stretches toward mountains on the horizon

Heading for a national park? The ‘biggest season in the history of the Park Service’ predicted

BY: - May 28, 2021

Leaders of a U.S. Senate panel this week extolled national parks for providing a respite during the COVID-19 pandemic, but cautioned that enthusiasm for outdoors recreation will create its own problems in this summer’s tourism wave. Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent and the chairman of a subcommittee that oversees the U.S. National Park Service, […]

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Essential information about energy usage in the state is elusive, and that’s a costly problem

BY: - May 27, 2021

When April Salas set out to acquire information about energy usage in Hanover, she was in for an uphill battle. Salas is the sustainability director of the town, population 11,500, which has the resources to consider such a project. In 2018, Hanover decided to put together a program that would allow it to procure green […]

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Sununu vetoes bill banning jet skis near coastal marshlands

BY: - May 25, 2021

On Tuesday, Gov. Chris Sununu issued his first veto of the session – shooting down House Bill 184, which would have banned jet skis within 300 feet of marshlands at the Rye estuary and the New Castle back channel. In his veto message, Sununu said the protection was unnecessary because the area does not experience […]

Fred Anderson looks out at Forest Lake

How a landfill proposal divided a community and launched a statewide environmental debate

BY: - May 21, 2021

When Fred Anderson started coming to Forest Lake in 1977, there was no running water at the little cabin where he and his family stayed. That wasn’t a problem because the family could drink the water from the lake. And until 2004, that’s what they did. So in 2019, when Anderson learned that Casella Waste […]

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Much to farmers’ dismay, sweet corn among bear necessities

BY: - May 20, 2021

Kristen May is anxious about bears, and she’s not alone. Along with her father, Howard Hatch, she farms 200 acres in North Haverhill. It’s a dairy operation, and the family farm also grows corn used for feed. They have a dairy stand that attracts visitors who come to eat ice cream. But over the years, […]

New Hampshire state house

Lawmakers work on details of proposed Department of Energy

BY: - May 18, 2021

On Monday, the Senate Finance Committee continued hammering out a proposal to create a new Department of Energy, adding positions to the Public Utilities Commission, and clarifying the so-called firewall between the utilities commission and the proposed department. State Budget Director Matt Mailloux presented an amendment to the panel to add attorney and clerk positions […]

Liberty Utilities angles for 20-year natural gas contract

BY: - May 17, 2021

Last year, Liberty Utilities withdrew what had turned into a very contentious proposal to construct a large, expensive pipeline called the Granite Bridge Project. Critics said it was too big, too expensive, and that it would harm the environment. It led to protests and drew fierce opposition from climate-change activists who oppose building new fossil […]

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Senate approves net metering increase for municipalities, adding it to community power bill  

BY: - May 13, 2021

On Thursday, the Senate approved an increase in how much municipalities are allowed to net meter, moving the cap from the current limit of 1 megawatt up to 5 megawatts. Lawmakers have been pushing for this increase for years with the backing of environmental and clean-energy advocates, but previous attempts to increase the cap have […]

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Lawmakers debate statute of limitations for PFAS-related health problems

BY: - May 12, 2021

Lawmakers and advocates discussed what an appropriate statute of limitations would be when it comes to PFAS-related health problems during a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rep. Bob Healey of Merrimack and other local elected officials spoke about the effect of PFAS on their community. Contamination has been found in the air, soil, […]