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Great News for Great Bay
by Jeff Barnum

Great news from Exeter, New Hampshire: On Tuesday, the 11, 78% of registered voters said “Yes” to funding the first steps in building a new sewage treatment plant – one that will replace the current, outdated plant that discharges into the Squamscott River, which flows into Great Bay. The $5 million bond issue for planning…

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Faces of Great Bay: David O’Hearn
by Jeff Barnum

David O’Hearn is not easy to reach. If you want to sit down and talk, you need to catch him at work or during a blizzard. Otherwise, he is out doing something on Great Bay. That something does not include talking on a cell phone. David loves to clam, do a little trapping, harvest oysters,…

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They’re Still Number 1: PSNH’s Merrimack Station Leads the State Again in Toxic Chemical Releases
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

It’s clear to anyone paying attention to air pollution trends in New Hampshire that PSNH’s coal plants are a huge health and environmental liability for the state. And according to EPA data released last week, PSNH’s coal fleet continues to lead the state in toxic chemical releases: Merrimack Station in Bow remained New Hampshire’s number…

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CLF’s Case Against PSNH’s Coal Plant for Clean Air Act Violations Moves Forward
by Christophe Courchesne

Yesterday, CLF won a resounding early victory in our 2011 federal lawsuit against Merrimack Station, Public Service of New Hampshire’s (PSNH) coal-fired power plant in Bow, for blatant violations of the federal Clean Air Act. The impetus for our suit dates back to 2008 and 2009, when PSNH made major upgrades to Merrimack Station that allowed…

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“No supportable basis for optimism” and “ever higher costs”: PUC Staff calls out PSNH’s failed business model
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

This past Friday, staff from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and The Liberty Consulting Group issued the results of their investigation (PDF) into the impacts of PSNH’s failing business model and “ever higher costs” to consumers. The Union Leader and NHPR were quick to quote the report’s damning conclusion: In summary, the situation looks…

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New Campaign Promotes Electricity Supply Competition in NH
by Karen Wood

Hardly a day goes by at CLF that we don’t think about how to describe the work we do more simply and clearly. The issues we work on are complicated; the solutions often complex and nuanced. But the need to help people understand our role and theirs in protecting New England’s environment is critical to…

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Worth Remembering: Northern Pass Would Mean Big Changes in the White Mountains
by Christophe Courchesne

With the Northern Pass “new route” drama entering its third year (Northeast Utilities executives once again failed to announce any progress on last week’s investor conference call), it’s important to remember that all we’ve been talking about is the northernmost forty miles of what is a 180-mile project that stretches from the Canadian border to…

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A Message to the Energy Industry: The Demise of Northern Pass 1.0
by Christophe Courchesne

Earlier this week, I brought a message from New Hampshire to a gathering of major players in the Northeast’s energy industry in lower Manhattan, the Platt’s Northeast Energy Markets Conference. Remember Northern Pass, that novel Northeast Utilities transmission project that would import 1,200 megawatts of large-scale hydropower from Hydro-Québec? The project, as it was conceived…

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Northeast Utilities Still Can’t Reveal “New Route” for Northern Pass
by Christophe Courchesne

Northeast Utilities (NU) tells investors and the public that it is will announce a new northernmost route for its Northern Pass transmission project by a certain date. The date arrives. A “project update” appears on the website of NU subsidiary and project developer Northern Pass Transmission LLC, saying that it isn’t ready to announce the…