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

Help Overturn Governor Sununu’s Clean Energy Veto
Governor Sununu recently vetoed a critical clean energy bill that will boost solar power and help control energy costs in New Hampshire. Legislators now have an important opportunity to override this veto and ensure this key bill becomes law. You can help: Contact your legislator now and tell them to vote to override Governor Sununu’s…
New Hampshire’s Lag­­ging Energy Efficiency Program Is Getting a Boost
Energy efficiency cuts harmful carbon pollution cheaply and helps keep families safe and warm. That’s why we’ve been working hard on the efficiency beat in New Hampshire, which still ranks last in the region for the effectiveness of its energy efficiency programs. This poor ranking means we’re paying a lot more than we need to…
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…


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