Melissa Birchard

Staff Attorney CLF New Hampshire @melissabirchard

Melissa Birchard is a Staff Attorney for CLF New Hampshire, where her work focuses on Clean Energy and Climate Change. Melissa is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in Asian Languages and Cultures from UCLA. Prior to joining CLF, Melissa represented state and local governments in energy and environmental matters for six years at Spiegel & McDiarmid in Washington, DC. Before law school, Melissa worked at a non-profit organization promoting democracy and human rights, including environmental and public health rights in Asia.

Melissa enjoys jazz concerts and exploring the outdoors with her family.


Recent Posts

What Is Grid Modernization? An Explainer
Solar panels on your neighborhood library’s roof? Smart thermostats? Light bulbs that can be turned on with a smart phone? Is your electric utility making the best use of these new technologies? Probably not. Most utilities are old-fashioned, and don’t know how to integrate innovative technology into the electric system. That’s where grid modernization comes…
Denier: Governor Sununu Says Global Warming May Not Be Caused by Carbon Emissions
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has now openly denied the scientific consensus that climate change is primarily caused by excess heat-trapping carbon in our atmosphere. Initially, we were hopeful the governor might rise above partisan politics and family prejudices (his brother Michael is an outspoken climate denier) to take a responsible position on climate change.…
Big Decision Issued on Solar in New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission recently issued a long-awaited decision about the future of rooftop solar and other clean, local energy in the Granite State — and the result is a short-term loss but a long-term gain. While there are short-term setbacks in the order, it also takes major steps forward to make clean,…
Governor Sununu Abandons Granite State on Climate
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu says he stands by President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. Adopted in 2015 by every nation other than Syria and Nicaragua, the historic climate accord sets non-binding carbon emission reduction goals for each country to meet by their own means. The accord’s…
The Northern Pass Project Has Become a Dinosaur and Should Be Rejected
It’s been years since CLF first launched its opposition to Eversource Energy’s proposed Northern Pass transmission line, which would bisect the state of New Hampshire from north to south to bring Canadian hydroelectric power to southern New England. In fact, it’s been eight long years. Northern Pass Faces Competition From Other Projects In that time, other…

 

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