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1:45 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

PSNH Hotline Looks To Encourage Electric Car Buyers

Credit Sam Evans-Brown; Data: Electric Drive Transportation Association / NHPR

Today Public Service of New Hampshire launched its Electric Vehicle Hotline, where consumers can find out about electric cars currently on the market. The move comes as electric car sales have begun to pick up, and utilities see those drivers as a sales opportunity.

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6:30 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New Climate Model To Help Planners Plot Future

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Municipal Planners all around the state are teaming up with a University of New Hampshire Scientist to plan for Climate Change.

With funding from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, Climate Scientist Cameron Wake has put together a new climate model that predicts more summer heat and bigger rain storms for many individual New Hampshire towns. On Monday, Wake presented the predictions to planners from the central part of the state, having already shown the findings to similar groups in the Upper Valley and the Monadnock Region.

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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
6:04 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Committee Gives GMO Labeling Bill Thumbs Down

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A House committee voted 12 to 8  to recommende against passing a bill that would require retailers to label foods containing genetically modified crops, or GMOs. The vote means the chances are slim of getting the bill through a divided legislature.

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Environment
2:48 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

New Hydropower Transmission Line Proposed For Vermont

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A developer has proposed another transmission project that would link Canadian hydro-power to consumers in Southern New England. As proposed the project would be 150 miles through Vermont, and be entirely underground and underwater.

The transmission line is called the New England Clean Power Link. It would run from Southern Quebec, buried along the bottom of Lake Champlain before turning east for 50 miles to Ludlow, Vermont, where it would plug into the New England grid.

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Environment
2:00 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Meet Ben Kilham, 'Bear Whisperer'

Ben Kilham with one of his bears, Big Girl
Lauren Gesswien Courtesy of Ben Kilham

From ThoughtCast comes a story about the bear whisperer of Lyme, New Hampshire, Ben Kilham, and the abandoned black bear cubs he has rescued, rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

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Environment
5:25 am
Sat October 26, 2013

UNH Research: Bees Nearly Went The Way Of The Dinosaurs

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According to new research out of UNH, the same event that spelled the end of the dinosaurs nearly did in bees as well. An investigation into the genome of the small carpenter bee shows bee evolution ground to nearly a halt right around the time dinosaurs died out.

UNH professor Sandra Rehan was busy mapping out the ancestral trees of the four tribes of carpenter bees she studies when she noticed something funny: around 65 million years ago evolution paused.

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Environment
5:17 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

EPA: Low Air Quality Days On The Decline In New England

Even though New Hampshire did not have the worst air quality in New England in the 1980s, it never-the-less has seen improvement over the decades.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown; Data: EPA New England / NHPR

The Environmental Protection Agency says in 2013 New Hampshire experienced only three days with poor air quality due to ground-level ozone – or smog. This fits into the overall trend of declining smog over the last three decades.

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Smog primarily is formed when pollution out of car tailpipes and power plant emissions interacts with light, and it forms more quickly (and so is worse) on hot summer days.

But in New Hampshire, smoggy days peaked in the summer of 1988, with 36 poor air quality days, and has been declining slowly ever since.

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Environment
6:22 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Lawmakers Look To Keep The Door Open To PSNH Action

The scrubber on Merrimack Station drives much of the difference in PSNH's rates vs. those of competitors.
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Since June New Hampshire lawmakers have been grappling with what to do about the persistently above market cost of electricity at the state’s largest utility, Public Service of New Hampshire. Now the legislative committee wants advice from regulators to see if selling PSNH’s power plants is the solution, but that advice may be slow in coming.

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Environment
6:48 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Staying Warm In The Granite State: A Guide To Home Heating Fuels

Heating oil dominates New Hampshire's home heating landscape, and propane takes up a much higher share of what's left over than in other states. Conversely, the number one fuel nationally -- natural gas -- heats only 1 in 5 NH homes.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown; Data: American Community Survey / NHPR

The frost advisories are beginning to pile up and boilers in basements are cycling on to take the edge off of the autumn chill: heating season is upon us.

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Environment
5:24 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Wind Developer Iberdrola Will Sell Energy To Mass. Utilities

Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR

Wind power developer Iberdrola Renewables has signed a contract to sell power to four Massachusetts utilities, and has included in that contract a proposed wind farm in New Hampshire that has yet to submit its application for construction.

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Environment
4:50 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

As Water Cleanup Commences, Beede Story Shows Superfund Law's Flaws

The Beede Waste Oil site encompasses 40 acres in Plaistow, and abuts Kelley Brook. It is closely surrounded by residential development. The site was closed in 1994, and its former owner was sentenced to 37 months in prison for contaminating it.
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Later this month a water treatment plant will switch on in Plaistow to clean ground water at a notorious former oil dump. The total bill for the cleanup of what’s now known as the Beede Superfund site could reach nearly $70 million dollars. This site is now on its way converting from brownfield to greenfield, but illustrates how the law governing the cleanup of superfund sites can also be messy.

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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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Environment
12:30 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

As Seacoast Development Booms, Water Quality Could Bust

While development trends vary slightly from town to town, in general development is on the rise, and in many communities speeding up
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Meanwhile, many of the stresses that threaten water quality – more waste-water, increased runoff from pavement, and fewer forests to naturally filter water – increase hand-in-hand with development. Those in the conservation community say the cheapest route is to keep water clean by putting land into conservation, instead of trying to clean it up after it’s already a mess. No-where is the tension between environmental quality and more acute, than on the seacoast, in the communities of the Great Bay.

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Environment
5:42 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

PSNH Asks Supreme Court To Weigh In On Scrubber Costs

Public Service of New Hampshire, the state’s largest electric utility, has filed an appeal with the state supreme court. PSNH is trying to head off regulators’ attempts to question whether the company should have installed a mercury scrubber on its largest coal-fired power plant.

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