Energy + Environment

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Casella withdraws wetlands permit application, plans to resubmit next year

BY: - December 14, 2021

Casella Waste Systems sent a letter to residents of Dalton late last week informing them that it would be withdrawing a wetlands permit application related to its proposed landfill near Forest Lake. The company plans to resubmit the application in 2022. The landfill plan has divided the town of Dalton, and some opponents of the […]

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Sununu letter supports Department of Energy’s stance on energy efficiency programs

BY: - December 14, 2021

In a letter to Department of Energy Commissioner Jared Chicoine on Tuesday, Gov. Chris Sununu praised the department for raising concerns about the state’s energy efficiency plan. On Friday, the Department of Energy asked the Public Utilities Commission to either clarify or reconsider a contentious November decision cutting funding for state energy efficiency programs. The […]

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Department of Energy joins those asking PUC to reconsider energy efficiency decision

BY: - December 13, 2021

The N.H. Department of Energy asked the Public Utilities Commission to either clarify or reconsider a contentious November decision cutting funding for state energy efficiency programs.    The request was filed by Department of Energy attorney Brian Buckley on Friday, the same day that all of the state’s utilities, along with environmental, clean energy, and ratepayer […]

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‘We got eaten alive’: Christmas trees in short supply 

BY: - December 13, 2021

In 2020, Mike Ahern’s Christmas tree farm in Plymouth sold 50 percent more trees than normal, which Ahern chalked up to the pandemic: With more people spending time at home, many found their way to the farm for the first time. He was sure things would return to normal this year, but so far that […]

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State’s utilities join with advocates to request reconsideration of PUC energy efficiency order

BY: - December 10, 2021

A broad coalition formally requested on Friday that the Public Utilities Commission reconsider its recent decision to cut funding for state energy efficiency programs over the next two years and that the decision – which they said would cause irreparable harm – be suspended in the meantime. All of the state’s electric and gas utilities, […]

Lawyers point to quorum problem with Public Utilities Commission order

BY: - December 9, 2021

On Monday, the Public Utilities Commission issued an order clarifying its November decision to drastically reduce funding for energy efficiency over the next two years. But only one commissioner signed off on that decision – and that’s a problem according to a state law requiring a quorum of at least two commissioners. The Monday order […]

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Chicoine confirmed as Department of Energy commissioner

BY: - December 8, 2021

Jared Chicoine has been confirmed as commissioner of the state’s fledgling Department of Energy following a 4-1 vote during Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting. Cinde Warmington, the lone Democrat on the council, was the only vote in opposition. Warmington said she opposed the confirmation because Chicoine, by his own admission, lacks technical expertise in energy and […]

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Environmental Services refers Saint-Gobain bypass stack issue to AG for enforcement

BY: - December 7, 2021

The Department of Environmental Services has asked the state’s attorney general to get involved in enforcing Saint-Gobain’s permit for air emissions at the company’s facility in Merrimack. At issue is a bypass stack Saint-Gobain built without the state’s permission, according to the DES. During a series of tests in September, state officials found that untreated […]

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‘Our lakes are sick’: Upward trend of cyanobacteria blooms troubles residents, experts

BY: - December 6, 2021

This story was updated on Dec. 6, 2021, at 10:28 a.m. to correct the name of the nonprofit NH LAKES. Kirk Meloney first started going to Lake Kanasatka in Moultonborough as a boy. He remembers the crystal-clear water in the small lake – you could see straight to the bottom, even in parts of the […]

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Liberty asks utilities commission to suspend energy efficiency decision

BY: - December 3, 2021

Liberty Utilities has asked the Public Utilities Commission to suspend an energy efficiency decision the company says would cause “irreparable harm” if implemented. The utility filed a motion for a stay of order early Friday morning, the latest response to a contentious decision from the utilities commission to reject a triennial energy efficiency plan and […]

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Utilities commission’s energy efficiency decision draws lawsuit, contractor complaints

BY: - November 30, 2021

Clean Energy New Hampshire announced on Monday that it would file a lawsuit over the Public Utilities Commission’s recent decision to cut funding for the state’s energy efficiency programs. The nonprofit is suing in conjunction with energy efficiency contractors who are impacted by the decision. The organization will file suit in New Hampshire Superior Court, […]

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Lawmakers call for Saint-Gobain closure following state’s discovery of continued PFAS pollution

BY: - November 29, 2021

Lawmakers are calling on the Department of Environmental Services to shut down Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Merrimack after a September test conducted by the state showed the company is still emitting toxic PFAS chemicals into the air. The Department of Environmental Services found several deficiencies at the facility, most stemming from an unauthorized bypass stack […]