Energy + Environment

A natural gas line in Concord, NH

Electric prices set to double in New Hampshire

BY: - June 14, 2022

One of the state’s major utilities is set to double the price of electricity in August, and it’s likely other utilities will be forced to raise their prices, too. The price hikes are being driven by projected high costs of natural gas. In a Monday filing with the Public Utilities Commission, Liberty Utilities proposed increasing […]

Spongy moth caterpillars descend on New Hampshire

BY: - June 13, 2022

Eating everything it can find, the spongy moth caterpillar – formerly known as the gypsy moth caterpillar – may not notice the defoliation it’s causing. But state officials and researchers do and are preparing to track the caterpillars’ population boom across several counties this spring. The spongy month caterpillars, an invasive species, cause the large-scale […]

Executive Council approves $35 million to repair unsafe dams

BY: - June 2, 2022

Of the 2,617 active dams in New Hampshire, 169 are classified as high hazard, which means their failure would likely result in human deaths, according to the Department of Environmental Services. Some of those will be repaired with $35 million in coronavirus relief funds approved Wednesday by the Executive Council. The department plans to use […]

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Dry conditions persist amid predictions of increased future drought driven by climate change

BY: - June 2, 2022

For a brief stretch in early May, the state was drought-free for the first time in a few years. Those ephemeral conditions evaporated just one week later. They may be increasingly rare with future summertime drought driven by a warming climate. And while more precipitation is predicted in future years, that won’t be enough to […]

Summer hurricanes, wildfires and storms loom as FEMA faces pressure to step up

BY: - May 30, 2022

WASHINGTON – Another grueling summer disaster season is arriving, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is under intense pressure even as its portfolio balloons, it pleads for more money from Congress, and criticism comes on several fronts. The agency manages more than 300 disaster declarations a year, a dramatic increase from the average of 108 […]

DES poised to get $30,000 to address cyanobacteria

BY: - May 25, 2022

Fueled by climate change, the state’s cyanobacteria problem has been worsening in recent years – making some rivers and lakes potentially harmful to human health. On Thursday, lawmakers in the House and Senate will vote on House Bill 1066 – one attempt to tackle this problem. If both bodies approve it, the bill would advance […]

NOAA forecasts busy Atlantic hurricane season, with at least 3 major storms

BY: - May 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be the seventh in a row with an above-normal number of storms, according to a forecast the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released Tuesday.  NOAA administrator Rick Spinrad said the agency expects there will be between 14 and 21 named storms, with six to 10 […]

State’s fish hatcheries are about to get a boost; some environmentalists say that’s a problem

BY: - May 11, 2022

Many of the state’s fish begin their lives not in a mountain stream but in a small white box in New Hampton at one of the state’s six fish hatcheries, where young fish are bred and raised before being released in the wild. Brown trout, rainbow trout, and landlocked salmon are grown at these hatcheries […]

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Senate passes landfill buffer zone legislation

BY: - May 5, 2022

After a two-year fight over landfill buffer zones, the Senate passed a bill aimed at protecting drinking water from contamination in a 16-8 vote following a heated debate on the Senate floor.  House Bill 1454 establishes a buffer between landfills and bodies of water, requiring landfills to be sited far enough away so contaminated groundwater […]

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An energy efficiency plan for New Hampshire

BY: - May 3, 2022

A new state energy efficiency plan has been approved by the Public Utilities Commission, per an order issued late last week that authorizes spending $223.7 million across seven energy efficiency programs through 2023. The approved plan includes residential as well as commercial and industrial programs, with rebates and incentives covering things like home and building […]

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New Hampshire to receive $26 million in new carbon-reduction program

BY: - May 2, 2022

New Hampshire is set to receive $26 million over five years through a new carbon-reduction program announced by President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Transportation in April. Nationwide, the program includes $6.4 billion in spending and is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It aims to “fund projects that help fight climate change […]

A man pulls a lobster out a of a restaurant tank and holds it up

Senate rejects lobster licenses for recreational scuba divers

BY: - April 28, 2022

Lobsters were the unlikely subject of a lively debate on the Senate floor Thursday, culminating in the chamber voting down a bill that would have granted lobster licenses for recreational scuba divers. Opponents of House Bill 1297 said it could harm the state’s commercial lobster industry, which makes up 70 percent of the value of […]