Energy + Environment

A sweet deal: New Hampshire wins grant to support maple syrup producers

BY: - October 18, 2022

New Hampshire has been awarded a $388,080 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund research and promotion of maple syrup – an $8.2 million industry in the state, according to the USDA’s numbers from 2021.   The Department of Business and Economic Affairs wants to spend its “Acer” award on marketing materials, a market […]

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Advocates and utilities grapple with PUC over investigatory authority

BY: - October 12, 2022

In a little-known but powerful corner of state government, a fight is brewing. The Public Utilities Commission, which makes consequential energy decisions and regulates the state’s utilities, has opened several new investigations as a means of gathering information to inform policy. The move is meant to address concerns that the body is not collaborative and […]

Energy costs drive request to increase prices for Cannon Mountain lift tickets

BY: - October 11, 2022

Soaring energy costs could mean more expensive lift tickets for Cannon Mountain skiers this winter, if a request from the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is granted. The ski area is projected to face an additional $825,000 in electricity costs, according to a request that will go before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee on […]

For offshore wind aspirations to become reality, transmission hurdles must be cleared

BY: - October 6, 2022

This story was updated on Oct. 11 to clarify the costs of upgrading the PJM transmission system to accommodate offshore wind as identified in a 2021 report by the grid operator. The cost estimates included other renewable energy goals by states, not just offshore wind. President Joe Biden’s administration laid out ambitious additional goals last […]

Is there a way for utilities to buy cheaper power?    

BY: - October 5, 2022

As electricity rates skyrocket in New Hampshire, the Public Utilities Commission is investigating whether there’s a cheaper way for utilities to purchase energy. Electric rates are going up across all four of the state’s utilities, but the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative’s rates are the least expensive at 17 cents per kilowatt hour. That’s 5 cents […]

Q&A: Environmentalist Bill McKibben on New Hampshire and the climate crisis

BY: - October 5, 2022

The Bulletin spoke with author and environmentalist Bill McKibben about the climate crisis in New Hampshire, the state’s role in addressing it, and why he believes biomass is a dumb way to do it. McKibben lives in Vermont and has written extensively about climate change for the New Yorker, the Guardian, and the New York […]

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What is net metering worth in New Hampshire?

BY: - September 30, 2022

Net metering is one of New Hampshire’s few policies encouraging more renewable energy by paying homeowners and businesses who generate it. Now, the state is looking to change the rate of those payments. A study that’s expected to inform the new rates was presented to stakeholders Wednesday, including findings about the value of this energy […]

Executive Council approves $60,000 to track ticks

BY: - September 28, 2022

A contract to spend $60,000 in federal funds on tick tracking efforts around the state was approved by the Executive Council last week. MaineHealth, located in Portland, Maine, will be responsible for tracking ticks at 20 locations in New Hampshire, according to the Department of Health and Human Services request for funding. This includes locations […]

Burning for good: How New Hampshire ecosystems benefit from prescribed burns

BY: - September 27, 2022

This article is the second in a two-part series looking at restorative uses of fire around the state. Part one is about how Indigenous people are working with the Forest Service to return fire to the landscape. On the morning of the burn, the nerves set in. Even months of planning doesn’t guarantee that the […]

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Unitil requests electric price increase

BY: - September 26, 2022

This article was updated at 4:14 p.m. on Sept. 26 to include comment from the consumer advocate. Unitil customers can expect a significant rate increase in December, if the utility’s Friday request is granted. Unitil requested to increase electric rates to 26 cents per kilowatt hour, which would take effect on Dec. 1 and last […]

Bringing Indigenous fire practices back to New Hampshire

BY: - September 26, 2022

This is the first of a two-part series about how fire is used as a regenerative force in New Hampshire. Decline in air quality. Danger. Damage. The latest headlines about wildfires emphasize its potential for large-scale destruction, but there’s a positive side to fire that has long been used by Indigenous people as a way […]

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‘The year of biomass’: Republican lawmakers say increasing biomass a priority for 2023 session

BY: - September 22, 2022

When it comes to soaring energy prices, voters’ message to candidates is clear: Reduce costs. Politicians have been listening – and now many are responding ahead of the November general election with a range of proposals, from direct aid to ratepayers to increasing renewable energy.  At an energy summit Monday, two key Republicans told industry […]