Energy

Granite Geek
5:17 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Solar In New Hampshire: Big And Small At The Same Time

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We’ve been talking about energy a lot lately in New Hampshire – debates over wind farms, jet-fueled turbines generating power during peak demand, and, of course, Northern Pass.

There’s one energy project that hasn’t gotten much attention lately – a project in Peterborough that would create the largest solar power array in the state.

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NH News
9:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

House Voting On Moratorium On New Energy Projects

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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.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Energy Efficiency - How N.H. Stacks Up

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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.

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NH News
8:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

EPA Proposes Tighter Woodstove Emissions Standards

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The EPA is proposing stricter emissions standards for wood stoves.  Manufacturers would have to build stoves that burn 80 percent cleaner than current models.  And for the first time, pellet stoves would be held to the same standards.  The EPA says pollution from these heaters is linked to asthma attacks, heart attacks, and stroke. 

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Business and Economy
4:48 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Energy Retailer PPG Suspended, Customers To Pay Original Provider Rates

ISO New England, the region’s energy grid operator, has suspended the independent supplier People’s Power and Gas. 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.


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Environment
11:50 am
Thu November 14, 2013

New England States Debate Sharing Costs For New Power Lines

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A rift has developed among New England states over who should pay for transmission lines needed to carry electricity from renewable energy projects.

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.

Southern New England – in particular Massachusetts and Connecticut – needs more renewable generation to meet their clean-energy mandates.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Outlines Of Plan For PSNH Power-Plants Begin To Emerge

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’s largest utility.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue September 17, 2013

The Forecast For Natural Gas

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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.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun August 25, 2013

Food Waste To Energy

Three Anaerobic Digestion WTE tanks in Fenville, MI.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: 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?    -- Curious in Warren, PA

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

More Fuel For Debate Over Wood Energy

New research raises new questions about how green burning wood really is, given the carbon impacts of both cutting and burning trees for energy.  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.

Guests

Andrew Friedland - the Richard and Jane Pearl Professor in Environmental Studies in the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College: He researches carbon cycling in forests.

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Word of Mouth
9:23 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Learning To Live Without A.C.

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The heat wave that blanketed the east coast in mid-July was the longest to hit New York City in a decade. Not surprisingly, the Big Apple broke records for energy usage, as sweltering city-dwellers turned up the AC.  The US leads the world in climate control – but at a significant financial and environmental cost.  Leon Neyfakh is a reporter for the Ideas section of the Boston Globe – and author of the article “How to Live Without Air Conditioning”.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Citizens For Affordable Energy Founder And CEO, John Hofmeister (Rebroadcast)

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.

Guest

John Hofmeister - Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy and former Shell Oil President.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

NH Energy Wars

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.  And their efforts are paying off, with more and morer customers switching from the state’s largest utility, PSNH to new providers.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

An Updated Energy Plan For The Granite State?

With lots of proposals on the table right now, from biomass to wind to hydropower, efforts are underway once again to develop a statewide plan and judge these projects with that broader frame of reference in mind.   But it’s not an easy process, taking into account various concerns from the environment to property values to energy costs.  

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Citizens For Affordable Energy Founder And CEO, John Hofmeister

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.

Guest

John Hofmeister - Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy and former Shell Oil President.

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