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Eversource’s Northern Pass Project Gets Final Rejection
by Melissa Birchard

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…

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New England Closes the Door on Northern Pass
by Melissa Birchard

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…

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Northern Pass Denied Lifeline by New Hampshire Decision Makers
by Melissa Birchard

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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Denier: Governor Sununu Says Global Warming May Not Be Caused by Carbon Emissions
by Melissa Birchard

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.…

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Governor Sununu Abandons Granite State on Climate
by Melissa Birchard

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…

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A Roadmap for Rooftop Solar in New Hampshire
by Melissa Birchard

On Friday, March 10, CLF filed a groundbreaking agreement with 10 other nonprofits and clean technology companies to create a roadmap for rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources in New Hampshire. The agreement, filed at the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC), lays out a two-stage roadmap for the state to follow over the…