Energy + Environment

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Hanover to power municipal electricity through new 8-acre solar array

BY: - October 15, 2021

Hanover debuted a new solar array on Thursday that will produce enough energy to power almost all of the municipality’s electrical needs. The array, which is on 8 acres, is made up of 4,560 solar panels that will generate 2 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year. That makes it the largest municipal solar farm […]

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$500,000 for lavender products: an untraditional take on New Hampshire agriculture

BY: - October 14, 2021

A Warner farm has been awarded $250,000 in federal grant money to start a new line of lavender-infused food and beverages. As a part of the match grant, Pumpkin Blossom Farm will also contribute $250,000 to the half-a-million-dollar project. Farm owner Missy Biagiotti said more than half of the money will go toward creating six […]

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At hearing, lawmakers and stakeholders debate the future of state’s energy efficiency programs

BY: - October 13, 2021

The fight over the future of energy efficiency in New Hampshire is now being waged in the Legislature, with a new proposal that will be up for a vote in the House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee later this month.  During a public hearing Tuesday on House Bill 549, which was retained by the committee […]

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Electric rates to increase due to high cost of natural gas

BY: - October 8, 2021

Electric rates for the winter are going up a lot, and two utilities have announced rate hikes that take into account the dramatically higher cost of natural gas: Unitil and the New Hampshire Electric Co-op.  Unitil’s winter rates will be a 60 percent increase for a household that uses around 650 kWh per month, while […]

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Liberty argues for more natural gas in hearing before utilities commission

BY: - October 6, 2021

Liberty Utilities on Wednesday made its case before the Public Utilities Commission to bring more natural gas to New Hampshire. At issue is a proposed 20-year contract between Liberty Utilities and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which would bring 40,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day to the state, a 20 to 25 percent increase to […]

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Commission to study small-scale local production of power

BY: - October 5, 2021

A legislative study commission tasked with determining whether small-scale energy producers in the state should get credit for cutting the cost of moving electricity over large distances met for the first time on Tuesday. When energy is produced nearby, it doesn’t have to go through the high-voltage power lines that run across the country. It […]

Committee recommends complete overhaul of panel responsible for siting energy projects

BY: - October 5, 2021

Recommendations out of a legislative study committee amount to doing away with the Site Evaluation Committee – a group that’s handled permitting for siting energy projects in the state for decades. But there’s disagreement about when is the right time for such a significant change and whether a massive overhaul is the correct way forward.  […]

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Interim funding approved for electric assistance program

BY: - October 4, 2021

A program to help low-income people struggling to pay their electricity bills has been funded, but only for October and November. Each year, the state’s electric utilities submit budgets to fund the program that must be approved by the Public Utilities Commission before they can go into effect.  The program budget usually runs from October […]

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State urges municipalities to use federal funding for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure

BY: - September 29, 2021

When it comes to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in New Hampshire, needed updates total a whopping $1 billion, according to estimates from the state Department of Environmental Services. The department is now encouraging municipalities to leverage federal funding to move long-needed projects forward. While federal relief funding from the American Rescue Plan Act doesn’t […]

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Climate strikes across the state urge state and national action on climate change  

BY: - September 24, 2021

A climate strike in downtown Concord on Friday pushed for more aggressive state and federal action on climate change, as a part of a series of coordinated actions happening throughout the state and world. A youth-led group called Fridays for Future reported over 300 strikes in North America and nearly 1,000 in Europe. Six strikes […]

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What can New Hampshire learn from a little island with a lot of renewable energy?

BY: - September 23, 2021

This story was updated on Sept. 24, 2021 at 3:45 p.m. to clarify that small-scale water storage is not an efficient way to store energy.  About 10 miles off the coast of New Hampshire, there’s a little island that could be a snapshot of what our future on the mainland might look like when it […]

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Proposed legislation would increase the amount of local food in schools

BY: - September 22, 2021

A bill that will be introduced during the next legislative session aims to increase the amount of New Hampshire-grown food that’s served in public schools. The proposal sets a statewide target that 10 percent of food served in schools will be grown in the state. Rep. Alexis Simpson, an Exeter Democrat, filed a request for […]