Energy + Environment

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Lawmakers reach agreement on net metering, cost shifting

BY: - June 15, 2021

In negotiations on Tuesday, lawmakers reached agreement on two key energy policy bills – hammering out crucial details about cost shifting and net metering. Both proposals are now one step closer to becoming law and will make their way to the governor’s desk. Language about cost shifting was the main point of contention in Senate […]

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Lawmakers move to scrap proposal for buffer between state parks, landfills

BY: - June 14, 2021

This story was updated on June 15, 2021 to correct Sen. Kevin Avard’s chamber. On Monday, lawmakers from the House and Senate met to negotiate legislation that would create a two-mile buffer between state parks and landfills. The Senate, which had previously voted down the proposal, was unwilling to agree with a compromise proposed by […]

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Several bills headed to the governor’s desk

BY: - June 11, 2021

On Thursday, the House and the Senate sent several pieces of legislation to the governor’s desk, with both bodies having reviewed the bills and concurred on any changes made up to this point. A total of 24 bills were concurred on in the Senate, and 51 were concurred on in the House.  When a bill […]

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Legislature poised to act on large environmental policy bills

BY: - June 10, 2021

This story was updated on June 10, 2021 at 12:11 p.m. with new information. It was also corrected to clarify that SB 91 addresses small in-state energy generators, not out-of-state generators as was previously stated. Several large environmental bills have made their way through the House, including two omnibus environmental bills approved following floor amendments […]

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Frustrated local leaders urge Congress to move faster on regulating PFAS

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON—Local officials and community leaders on Wednesday pushed Congress to designate toxic chemicals that are contaminating drinking water as hazardous materials, which would trigger federal cleanup standards.   In addition, two Democratic senators from Michigan, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, introduced legislation that would put additional obligations on the Pentagon to initiate cleanup at military bases. […]

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Dalton passes temporary emergency zoning by small margin

BY: - June 9, 2021

At Dalton’s town meeting day, a measure to extend temporary emergency zoning for another year passed in a narrow vote, 135-130. Those in support of the measure hope it will help prevent a proposed landfill from being sited next to Forest Lake State Park.  This issue, which has divided the town, has also become a […]

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In landfill fight’s latest chapter, Dalton voters to decide on emergency zoning extension

BY: - June 8, 2021

This story was updated on June 10, 2021. 154,000 gallons of leachate were spilled, not tons. It was also updated to clarify that the House vote on SB 103 was 333 to 33 to pass the bill.   During Tuesday’s annual town meeting, Dalton residents will vote on extending emergency zoning for another year, one of […]

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Foresters, loggers grapple with loss of markets for low-grade wood

BY: - June 7, 2021

Burning wood to create electricity can be a problematic proposition. It’s often highly inefficient, it generates emissions, and it’s expensive. Without subsidies, wood-burning power plants often can’t afford to stay open.   While it’s been billed as a renewable fuel – trees eventually grow back – environmentalists in the Northeast have increasingly opposed inefficient power plants […]

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By transplanting eelgrass, scientists aim to restore balance to Great Bay

BY: - June 4, 2021

This story was updated June 8, 2021 to state that current wastewater treatment efforts reduce nitrogen to less than 5 milligrams per liter. Great Bay is a complex, convoluted system. That’s the first thing that Melissa Paly will tell you about it. She’s been a waterkeeper there for five years, working with the Conservation Law […]

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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 […]