Energy Efficiency

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Setting the Table for Clean Energy Progress in the Granite State
by Christophe Courchesne

Without much fanfare, New Hampshire lawmakers took important steps in 2014 toward clean energy progress. This spring, the legislature completed what is arguably the most successful session for energy issues in many years with a series of significant bills each addressing different parts of the clean energy puzzle: a pathway to ending the state’s inexcusable…

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Stronger Energy Efficiency Policy Moves Forward in Concord
by Jeff Fromuth

Today, our cleanest and cheapest energy resource—energy efficiency—got a big boost in the Granite State. The New Hampshire House and Senate voted to send two important energy efficiency bills, profiled on this blog last month, to Governor Hassan’s desk for final approval. The passage of House Bills 532 and 1129 signals a greater focus on…

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Why “Ratepayer” is a Dirty Word
by Seth Kaplan

There is no such thing as a ratepayer. To folks in the energy business (particularly those involved in regulated electricity or natural gas utilities), this is an absurd statement. “Of course there are ratepayers. They are the people who buy electricity or gas from us, paying the rates that state and federal regulators have approved,”…

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The Time Has Come to Scale Up Energy Efficiency in New Hampshire
by Jeff Fromuth

Increasing energy efficiency is among the cheapest and cleanest ways to save on energy costs, reduce energy demand, and lower greenhouse gas emissions that intensify the effects of climate change. In the words of a recent report on New Hampshire’s energy efficiency potential, think of energy efficiency as “using less energy to provide the same…

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CLF Freedom Of Information Requests Seek To Bring Transparency To New England Governors’ Regional Energy Strategy
by Jason Shemenski

In an effort to bring transparency to the process through which the Governors of the six New England states are proposing billions of dollars in new publicly funded energy infrastructure, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) today filed public records requests in each of the states under their respective freedom of information laws, seeking records from state agencies as well as the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE)—a regional entity through which the states are advancing their plan.

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Green Affordable Housing in Vermont
by Sandy Levine

Putting the green in affordable housing may not be easy, but it is long overdue. For decades, manufactured homes have been an affordable home ownership option. Unfortunately, some manufactured homes are the equivalent of gas guzzlers. They burn through dollars and heating fuels like there’s no tomorrow. How affordable is a home when fuel bills…

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Conservation Law Foundation Applauds New England Governors’ Agreement to Modernize and De-carbonize Region’s Energy Sector
by Laurie O'Reilly

In response to the agreement issued today by the governors of the six New England states to work together to prioritize a cleaner, more efficient and climate-conscious energy system in the region, Jonathan Peress, Conservation Law Foundation Vice President and Director, Clean Energy and Climate Change, said: “Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) welcomes the governors’ efforts and plan to bring new cleaner energy resources and advance technology turnover in New England. The initiative announced by the governors today, if done properly, can provide New England with the more modern, lower-emitting and more flexible resources needed to address climate change.”

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Building a Clean Energy Future: Transmission Is One Piece of the Puzzle
by Seth Kaplan

Dealing with the fundamental challenge of global warming and ending the direct and painful impact of fossil fuel-fired power plants on our communities and our families will mean systemic and systematic change to all aspects of our energy system – and doing that will mean employing a wide range of tools and strategies. A first…