Energy + Environment

New Hampshire to receive $104 million for energy rebates and fuel assistance 

BY: - November 2, 2022

This article and headline were updated at 11:10 a.m. on Nov. 3, 2022, to correct the amount of fuel assistance New Hampshire is receiving.  New Hampshire will receive nearly $104 million for energy rebates and fuel assistance, according to announcements from the U.S. Department of Energy and the state’s congressional delegation on Wednesday.  Around $70 […]

Mount Washington Commission to vote on master plan Friday

BY: - October 27, 2022

The Mount Washington Commission is scheduled to vote on the master plan for the mountain’s summit during a meeting Friday. The planning document sets a course for the mountain’s future, and attempts to balance tourism and environmental protection. A new plan is supposed to be completed every 10 years, but the last iteration was completed […]

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$16.8 million for repair of state-owned dams approved by Executive Council

BY: - October 26, 2022

The Executive Council last week approved almost $17 million for the repair and reconstruction of state-owned dams. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services now has permission to contract with four firms to complete the work, funded by a combination of state and federal dollars. Repair projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2026, the […]

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New Hampshire heating fuel reserves remain low

BY: - October 24, 2022

Heating fuel reserves in New Hampshire remain low, at around 60 percent of the average level over the past five years, according to the state’s Department of Energy. In August, the U.S. Department of Energy wrote a letter to the six New England governors urging them to shore up home oil supplies to avoid shortages […]

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Outreach on energy and food assistance approved by Executive Council

BY: - October 19, 2022

The Executive Council approved a request Wednesday from the Department of Health and Human Services to share information with the state’s five Community Action Program agencies so they can contact households about food and fuel assistance ahead of an expensive heating season. The department is now authorized to share names, mailing and e-mail addresses, and […]

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 […]