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Electricity rates to change in August for NH customers
07-02-2024 11:06 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

New Hampshire’s utility companies are expected to change their rates for electricity starting on August 1. Energy costs could go up for some and down for others.The state’s three investor-owned utilities – Eversource, Unitil, and Liberty – are...

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Pushback on adopting new building energy codes in NH highlights climate, affordability tensions
07-05-2024 11:00 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

New Hampshire is poised to update its building codes, the laws meant to keep homes and commercial buildings safe and comfortable.But in the bill approaching Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk, the code that regulates the energy efficiency of new homes is set to...


Fire fatalities in 2024 on a 'disturbing' rise in New Hampshire
07-01-2024 12:00 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

Thirteen people have died in fires in just the first half of 2024, according to data from New Hampshire’s fire marshal. That’s more fire-related deaths than in all of 2023, or in all of 2022.The eleven fires that caused fatalities spanned almost every...


Study shows sea level rise threatens critical infrastructure on New Hampshire’s seacoast
07-01-2024 11:00 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

A recent study from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows as sea levels rise, pieces of critical infrastructure in New Hampshire could be threatened by flooding from the ocean on a regular basis.In a medium sea level rise scenario, where the ocean...


NH Electric Co-op resignations spotlight alleged culture of sexism and bullying
06-27-2024 8:09 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

New Hampshire’s consumer advocate is calling for regulators to investigate the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative after two women who previously led the board of directors resigned Tuesday.Sharon Davis, the former chair of the co-op’s board of...


Gray seal rescued from fishing gear along NH Seacoast: 'The odds were kind of stacked against her.'
06-19-2024 12:00 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

A gray seal caught in fishing gear was rescued at the Isles of Shoals on Saturday. The animal was stuck in the water with nets and ropes around her neck, anchoring her in place and cutting into her body.Ashley Stokes, who leads marine mammal...


As community power programs expand across NH, hurdles to renewable energy persist
06-17-2024 12:00 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

A change that could have helped community power programs use more local renewable energy failed at the State House, after a late-breaking objection from the state’s Department of Energy.House Bill 1600, requested by the Community Power Coalition of...


Developers say NH’s process to connect power to the grid is slowing down clean energy projects
06-10-2024 1:00 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

New Hampshire trails other New England states in building out renewable energy sources. But solar projects are in development all across the state. More than a hundred have cleared the first hurdle of the development process: finding a location. But...


One NH town is trying to decarbonize their buildings – and build a workforce in the process
04-25-2024 9:55 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

On a chilly Wednesday night in early spring, a group of students from across New Hampshire gathered in a small classroom at the MAXT Makerspace in Peterborough to learn about energy efficiency. They passed around bags full of insulation, learned how...


Objection period for White Mountain National Forest logging project ends soon
03-29-2024 10:34 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

Opponents of proposed logging in White Mountain National Forest have their last chance to object to a project in the Sandwich area this week.People who have already made public comments on the Sandwich project have until April 1 to file an objection...


Along the Merrimack River, a No. 1 year ... for No. 2
02-02-2024 11:19 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

About 2 billion gallons of raw sewage mixed with stormwater runoff flowed into the Merrimack River last year, blowing the previous record for sewer overflows out of the water.The Merrimack River Watershed Council has only been keeping track of the...


NH DOT hoping to recruit more snowplow drivers
01-02-2024 11:39 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

Between retirements and the demand for people with commercial drivers licenses at private companies, New Hampshire has had a tough time staffing the trucks that plow snow.State officials are trying a variety of things to recruit drivers: offering...


Three million people expected to visit NH this winter, and spend about $1.5 billion
12-08-2023 2:58 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

New Hampshire officials say the number of people visiting over the winter is expected to jump this year, possibly above pre-pandemic levels.The state’s Division of Travel and Tourism is estimating three million people will visit New Hampshire this...


Advocates skeptical over Casella fuel offer
12-05-2023 2:23 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

Casella Waste Systems is offering a winter heating fuel assistance program just for residents of Dalton, where the company is hoping to build a controversial landfill.Casella submitted new permit applications for the proposed landfill in October,...


This year, a ginkgo tree at UNH lost its leaves later than ever
11-24-2023 4:00 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

Ginkgo trees have a habit of dropping their leaves all in one day.“It's very stunning and spectacular,” said Serita Frey, a professor in the Department of Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire. “It always happens after a hard frost on a...


Activists call for plant to transition to clean energy
10-30-2023 6:13 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

Climate change activists gathered near New England’s last running coal power plant in Bow on Sunday to call for its owners to stop burning fossil fuels and transform the plant into a renewable energy facility.Eight people were arrested after paddling...


More seek help with heat bill
10-17-2023 5:15 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

As temperatures cool, heating bills are starting to kick in for Granite Staters. But even as the cost of energy goes down a bit this winter compared to last year’s particularly difficult heating season, the need for fuel and electric assistance seems...


Facing constitutional questions, Concord prosecutors drop charges against climate activist
09-30-2023 10:00 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

Environmental justice activist Jess Mills was set to stand trial this week in New Hampshire. But days after his lawyer challenged the constitutionality of the law he was charged under, the Concord City Prosecutor’s office dropped the case.Mills, who...


NH regulators approve Unitil plan for Kingston solar array
05-06-2023 2:48 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

New Hampshire’s Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan from the utility company Unitil to build a solar array. The company says it’s set to be the largest in the state.Unitil spokesperson Alec O’Meara said the company plans to begin...


NH town files complaint against Eversource over community power
04-18-2023 3:26 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

The town of Harrisville, N.H., has filed a complaint at the Public Utilities Commission against Eversource, saying the utility company has violated disclosure requirements in the state’s community power law.Harrisville is starting a community power...


PUC issues energy efficiency report ahead of deadline
01-25-2023 5:56 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

New Hampshire’s Public Utilities Commission released a report earlier this month on energy efficiency, detailing their findings from an investigation launched in August assessing how those programs work. But some, including the state’s consumer...

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