The Public Utilities Commission has awarded grants to fund renewable energy projects in the state.
Four companies and one elementary school will receive part of a one million dollar grant for projects that reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Carbon Harvest Energy will receive the largest portion of the grant -$500,000- for a landfill gas-to-energy combined heat and power plant in Lebanon.
Greenville Elementary School will receive a grant to replace its oil-fired boiler with a wood pellet one.
The Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing on a new permit for PSNH’s coal-fired power plant in Bow.
The draft permit could force the utility to upgrade its cooling system to prevent fish kills.
The EPA says the Merrimack station power plant withdraws large quantities of water from the Merrimack River and returns it at much higher temperatures.
The agency says installing a more modern cooling system would reduce fish kills by 95-percent.
But it would also cost PSNH $112 million over a 20 year period.
With power still out from last weekend’s snow storm, New Hampshire’s senators are pressuring federal regulators for answers.
New Hampshire’s senators are asking the federal agencies that oversee electrical grids to identify why the power keeps going out.
More than three hundred thousand people in New Hampshire were left in the dark and cold after the storm Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says that’s unacceptable.
“With the ice storm there was a pretty lengthy outage and with this storm there was an outage and we want to make sure the grid is where it should be.”
Some New Hampshire residents are still dealing with power outages from the aftermath of the October snowstorm.
But in the Upper Valley, many businesses are still recovering from the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.
It’s been more than two months since Irene flooded the heart of the shopping district in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Three shopping plazas in Lebanon were hit hard during Tropical Storm Irene.
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