New Hampshire

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New Hampshire Approves Pilot of Residential Battery Storage

“Storing energy inside our homes is a win for New Hampshire residents and the environment,” said Melissa Birchard, Senior Attorney at CLF. “Today’s decision will help families save money on their electric bills and keep the lights on when winter storms inevitably strike. We must continue to find innovative ways to reduce climate-damaging emissions and encourage clean energy over polluting fossil fuels.”

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New Hampshire Pilots Residential Battery Storage Program

“This program will provide a much-needed reduction in our use of the electric grid when prices and pollution are at their highest levels,” said Melissa Birchard, Senior Attorney at CLF. “Storing energy inside New Hampshire homes will allow families to keep their lights on when storms inevitably hit, and will save money on electricity bills. This is a win-win that encourages the installation of rooftop solar in the state and reduces the need for costly transmission infrastructure. The agreement should be approved by the Public Utilities Commission.”

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Environmental Groups Announce Lawsuit to Protect Merrimack River

“Merrimack Station has been endangering the environment and the public’s health for decades,” said Tom Irwin, Vice President and Director of CLF New Hampshire. “Not only is this coal-burning plant damaging our climate, it has also dramatically undermined the health of one of our most iconic natural resources, the Merrimack River. It’s time for this damage to finally be addressed.”

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State of New Hampshire Polluting Iconic Waterways

“The state’s Powder Mill hatchery is endangering public health by illegally polluting the iconic Merrymeeting River,” said Tom Irwin, Director of CLF New Hampshire. “Residents and visitors flock to New Hampshire’s rivers and lakes every summer to swim and boat, not to be told to stay out of the water, and certainly not to be sickened by toxic cyanobacteria outbreaks. Protecting public health must be the primary concern among our state leaders, and they must put a stop to the pollution coming from this facility.”

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New Hampshire Forges Ahead with Local Climate Action
by Tom Irwin

As the federal government not only fails to tackle the global climate crisis, but actually obstructs progress to reduce the pollution that’s causing it, one bright spot has emerged: Local communities are stepping in to fill the growing federal climate gap. Climate Mayors is a bi-partisan network of U.S. mayors working to lead local action…

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CLF Appeals Turnkey Landfill Expansion

“We need to reduce our waste instead of looking for more places to bury it,” said Tom Irwin, Vice President and Director of CLF New Hampshire. “Waste Management is dumping about a million and a half tons of waste per year into the Turnkey landfill, putting nearby communities and waterways at risk. It’s time for the state to stop undermining waste reduction efforts by expanding landfills and instead focus on zero waste strategies that treat waste as a resource.”

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Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Against Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

“Casella must finally be held responsible for its illegal discharges of pollutants into the Ammonoosuc River,” said Tom Irwin, Director of Conservation Law Foundation New Hampshire. “Unfortunately, this pollution is another sign that landfills are dangerous and not a sustainable solution to our waste problems. It’s time to stop expanding toxic landfills and start protecting communities by reducing waste at its source through recycling and other efforts.”

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CLF Continues Fight Against Northern Pass

“Eversource continues to go through the procedural steps necessary to keep the Northern Pass project on life support, but the project is largely dead,” said Melissa Birchard, CLF staff attorney.