Melissa Birchard

Senior Attorney CLF New Hampshire @melissabirchard

Melissa Birchard is a Senior Attorney for CLF in Concord, New Hampshire.  Melissa promotes a clean energy economy where our children can flourish safe from the harmful impacts of climate change.  She advances strong policies to support solar and wind power and fights to end New England’s reliance on fossil fuels.  Melissa also works to empower individuals like homeowners and businesses to participate in the clean energy economy, including through rooftop solar and battery storage.  Melissa is a big advocate for high-efficiency heat pumps that reduce New England’s use of home heating oil and natural gas, as well as electric cars.

Melissa holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College, UCLA, and Georgetown University Law Center.  Prior to joining CLF, Melissa represented state and local governments in energy and environmental matters at the Washington, DC-based law firm Spiegel & McDiarmid.  She has also worked to promote democracy and human rights, including environmental and public health rights.

Melissa enjoys frozen ponds, tree frogs, and owls, as well as passing slow vehicles in her speedy electric car. If you are interested in clean energy, she welcomes you to follow her on twitter.

Recent Posts

Using Batteries to Power Your Home and Fight Climate Change
New England is getting more and more of its power from local clean energy sources like rooftop solar and wind. Not only does this lower our climate-damaging emissions, it’s also spurring innovation as groups in both the public and private sector work creatively to take control of our energy future. Among these new, exciting innovations…
Eversource’s Northern Pass Project Gets Final Rejection
It was another “No” for Northern Pass in July. Northern Pass, the massive electric transmission line that Eversource proposed to build through the White Mountains, has received a final rejection from the Granite State’s energy project siting committee. At the end of March, the committee issued an initial decision rejecting Northern Pass because of the…
Governor Sununu Gets Failing Grade on Energy and Climate
Even before New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu took office in 2016, we knew that he might be a climate change denier. But he was also a ski resort owner, who should know from experience that increasingly warm and volatile weather hurts our economy, our environment, and our way of life. So we kept an open…
New England Closes the Door on Northern Pass
Northern Pass received two major blows in March, knocking it fully out of contention as the energy winner in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth, which initially selected the proposed transmission line for a lucrative clean energy contract in January, severed ties and announced on March 28 that it is moving on to a different project. Just two…
Northern Pass Denied Lifeline by New Hampshire Decision Makers
Northern Pass is now on life support. The latest decision in New Hampshire further signals the end of this ill-conceived project – a high-voltage transmission line that would cut through the White Mountain National Forest and bisect New Hampshire from north to south. Northern Pass tried to rush New Hampshire through permitting, but the Granite…


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