Energy http://nhpr.org en Can Utilities 'Nudge' Consumers To Use Less Electricity? http://nhpr.org/post/can-utilities-nudge-consumers-use-less-electricity <p>Public Service of New Hampshire is an energy utility – but it’s about to try an experiment in psychology, <a href="http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/granitegeek/1030113-468/psnh-tries-a-little-experimentation-to-see.html" target="_blank">which it hopes might prompt consumers to use less electricity</a>.</p><p>It's known as "nudging," and to explain how it works we turn to <strong>David Brooks</strong>, who writes the weekly GraniteGeek science column for the Nashua Telegraph and GraniteGeek.org.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:52:53 +0000 Brady Carlson 44531 at http://nhpr.org Groups Agree: Time To Decide What To Do With PSNH Plants http://nhpr.org/post/groups-agree-time-decide-what-do-psnh-plants <p>The New Hampshire House appears poised to send the question of whether the state's largest utility should sell its power plants to regulators.</p><p>In 2012, lawmakers tried to force PSNH to sell its power plants outright, but that effort stalled in the New Hampshire house. So this time around they’ve written a bill that asks the Public Utilities Commission to rule on whether that sale would eventually lower electric rates.</p><p>That bill got near unanimous support during a committee hearing Thursday, including from PSNH itself.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:59:42 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 43901 at http://nhpr.org Solar In New Hampshire: Big And Small At The Same Time http://nhpr.org/post/solar-new-hampshire-big-and-small-same-time <p>We’ve been talking about energy a lot lately in New Hampshire – <a href="http://nhpr.org/term/wind-energy">debates over wind farms</a>, jet-fueled turbines generating power during peak demand, and, of course, <a href="http://nhpr.org/topic/northern-pass">Northern Pass</a>.</p><p>There’s one energy project that hasn’t gotten much attention lately – a project in Peterborough that would create <a href="http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1027266-469/nh-solar-power-isnt-as-small-as.html" target="_blank">the largest solar power array in the state</a>.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:17:40 +0000 Brady Carlson 42598 at http://nhpr.org Solar In New Hampshire: Big And Small At The Same Time House Voting On Moratorium On New Energy Projects http://nhpr.org/post/house-voting-moratorium-new-energy-projects <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire's House is considering a moratorium on new wind turbine and electric transmission line projects like the 187-mile power line proposed by Northern Pass.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:00:56 +0000 Associated Press 42494 at http://nhpr.org House Voting On Moratorium On New Energy Projects Energy Efficiency - How N.H. Stacks Up http://nhpr.org/post/energy-efficiency-how-nh-stacks <p>A recent report places New Hampshire in the middle of the pack nationally when it comes to programs and policies to conserve energy, and that we’re behind the other New England states. We’ll look at the costs, regulations and the possible outcomes down the road.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 41486 at http://nhpr.org Energy Efficiency - How N.H. Stacks Up EPA Proposes Tighter Woodstove Emissions Standards http://nhpr.org/post/epa-proposes-tighter-woodstove-emissions-standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.epa.gov/" target="_blank">EPA</a> is <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters/proposed-new-source-performance-standards-residential-wood-heaters" target="_blank">proposing stricter emissions standards</a> for </span>wood stoves<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; Manufacturers would have to build stoves that burn 80 percent cleaner than current models. &nbsp;And for the first time, pellet stoves would be held to the same standards. Sun, 05 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 41254 at http://nhpr.org EPA Proposes Tighter Woodstove Emissions Standards Energy Retailer PPG Suspended, Customers To Pay Original Provider Rates http://nhpr.org/post/energy-retailer-ppg-suspended-customers-pay-original-provider-rates <p>ISO New England, the region’s energy grid operator, has suspended the independent supplier <a href="https://www.peoplespower.com/index.php">People’s Power and Gas.</a> 5,700 Granite State customers who turned to PPG for lower rates will be automatically switched to prices set by Public Service of New Hampshire.</p><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:48:02 +0000 Ryan Lessard 40809 at http://nhpr.org New England States Debate Sharing Costs For New Power Lines http://nhpr.org/post/new-england-states-debate-sharing-costs-new-power-lines <p></p><p>A rift has developed among New England states over who should pay for transmission lines needed to carry electricity from renewable energy projects.</p><p><br />The issue is whether ratepayers across the region should foot the bill for power lines needed for southern New England. The debate has pitted Vermont against some of the more populated states to our south.</p><p>Southern New England – in particular Massachusetts and Connecticut – needs more renewable generation to meet their clean-energy mandates.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:50:29 +0000 John Dillon 38526 at http://nhpr.org New England States Debate Sharing Costs For New Power Lines Outlines Of Plan For PSNH Power-Plants Begin To Emerge http://nhpr.org/post/outlines-plan-psnh-power-plants-begin-emerge <p>New Hampshire lawmakers say new leadership at Public Service of New Hampshire has brought a change of tone. For policy-makers this as a welcome development as they seek a solution to the steady bleed of customers from the state&rsquo;s largest utility.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:28:34 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 35924 at http://nhpr.org The Forecast For Natural Gas http://nhpr.org/post/forecast-natural-gas <p><span style='line-height: 200%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>With its abundance and low price, natural gas has recently become New England’s preferred energy source, viewed by some as a cleaner fossil fuel. But growing demand has also raised concerns – about the reliability of supplies and possible price hikes. Also, there are long-term questions about becoming too dependent on natural gas. </span></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 35040 at http://nhpr.org The Forecast For Natural Gas Food Waste To Energy http://nhpr.org/post/food-waste-energy <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: Might another possible source for ethanol be discarded pastries from bakeries? For that matter, wouldn’t fermenting unsold bananas, oranges and apples from grocery store produce departments be able to provide an ample supply of fuel?</strong><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -- Curious in Warren, PA</em></p><p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 33893 at http://nhpr.org Food Waste To Energy More Fuel For Debate Over Wood Energy http://nhpr.org/post/more-fuel-debate-over-wood-energy <p>New research raises new questions about how green&nbsp;burning wood really is, given the carbon impacts of both cutting and burning trees for energy.&nbsp; But biomass supporters say carbon calculations are complicated…taking into account the lifecycle of trees, the sustainable practices of foresters today…and although not perfect, is far better than fossil fuels.</p><p></p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 32489 at http://nhpr.org More Fuel For Debate Over Wood Energy Learning To Live Without A.C. http://nhpr.org/post/learning-live-without-ac <p>The heat wave that blanketed the east coast in mid-July was the <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/heat-wave-death-toll-climbs-9-article-1.1408334">longest to hit New York City in a decade</a>. Not surprisingly, the Big Apple broke records for energy usage, as sweltering city-dwellers turned up the AC.&nbsp; The US leads the world in climate control – but at a significant financial and environmental cost<strong>. &nbsp;Leon Neyfakh</strong> is a reporter for the Ideas section of the Boston Globe – and author of the article <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/07/20/how-live-without-air-conditioning/4DqSdLtDiJ4iAn29lNCjaI/story.html">“How to Live Without Air Conditioning”.</a></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:23:32 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32272 at http://nhpr.org Learning To Live Without A.C. Citizens For Affordable Energy Founder And CEO, John Hofmeister (Rebroadcast) http://nhpr.org/post/citizens-affordable-energy-founder-and-ceo-john-hofmeister-rebroadcast <p>Former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister calls for a complete re-think on energy policy. Hofmeister currently heads the group “Citizens for Affordable Energy.” He says investing in twenty-first century energies is the only stimulus our economy needs. But that won’t happen, he says, unless private industry takes the reins and government gets largely out of the way.</p><p></p><p><strong>Guest</strong></p><p><strong>John Hofmeister</strong> - Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy and former Shell Oil President.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 30316 at http://nhpr.org Citizens For Affordable Energy Founder And CEO, John Hofmeister (Rebroadcast) NH Energy Wars http://nhpr.org/post/nh-energy-wars <p>Fifteen years ago, New Hampshire embarked on a dramatic experiment, deregulating electricity. The idea was to bring competition to power production; a sector where typically just a handful of highly-regulated utilities dominated. These days, Granite Staters are being pursued by a variety of power suppliers, from all over.&nbsp; And their efforts are paying off, with more and morer customers switching from the state’s largest utility, PSNH to new providers. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 29297 at http://nhpr.org NH Energy Wars