Energy + Environment

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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 […]

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New law bans mandates on how New Hampshire residents heat their homes  

BY: - August 30, 2021

There wasn’t talk in New Hampshire of forcing residents to use green energy to heat their homes, but the Legislature decided to ban that sort of heating mandate anyway. Gov. Chris Sununu signed off on Senate Bill 86 last week, preemptively prohibiting municipalities from enacting any kind of mandate that would dictate what kind of […]

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Proposal to fund cleanup of harmful ‘forever chemicals’ signed into law

BY: - August 27, 2021

A new law that was signed this week allows the state government to provide funding to municipalities and wastewater systems to clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. House Bill 271 also sets maximum contaminant levels for PFAS in drinking water. The law includes a limit of 11 to 15 parts per trillion […]

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After years of attempts, state gets a new and expanded net metering law

BY: - August 26, 2021

It’s finally here: Expanded net metering is a win for renewable energy that advocates and lawmakers have been trying to finagle for years. The bill Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law on Thursday is significantly pared down from previous attempts to expand net metering. House Bill 315 raises the cap on net metering from 1 […]

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Biden administration to restart oil and gas leasing

BY: - August 25, 2021

The Interior Department will take significant steps toward restarting its leasing programs for onshore and offshore oil and gas development in the coming months, the Biden administration said in a court filing Tuesday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management anticipates holding a sale for offshore leases in October or November, the administration said.   The Bureau […]

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Federal regulators tell Seabrook to improve modeling of concrete degradation

BY: - August 23, 2021

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission told Seabrook Station that the facility needs to do a better job modeling future degradation of concrete to ensure the structure is safe, according to a recent report. Some structures at the nuclear energy generator, which is owned by NextEra Energy of Juno Beach, Fla., have what’s called alkali-silica reaction, […]