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Making Renewable Energy “Dispatchable”
by Jerry Elmer

One of the biggest criticisms of renewable energy is that it is not “dispatchable.” “Dispatchable” electricity generators are the most useful ones to operators of the electricity grid, because grid operators can turn them on and off as needed, and more accurately control their output of electricity to keep the overall grid safe and reliable.…

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Wind Takes Center Stage in Vermont Governor’s Race

… The results show strong support for renewable energy development in the state and “not taking any particular technology off the table,” said Sandy Levine of the Conservation Law Foundation. Vermont has already built three large wind farms and permitted a fourth. In doing so, the state has come up with “very successful mitigation plans”…

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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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Good News: NH Senate Passes Reforms to Strengthen Energy Facility Siting
by Christophe Courchesne

New Hampshire is on its way to making important reforms to its process for reviewing proposals for energy projects. Last week, the New Hampshire Senate gave its approval in a unanimous voice vote to Senate Bill 245, a bill that significantly amends the law governing the state’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), the multi-agency body that…

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Now Is Not the Time to Delay Renewable Energy Deployment in New Hampshire
by N. Jonathan Peress

The New Hampshire legislature is being asked to impose a moratorium on wind power projects in the Granite State. In written testimony, CLF and other environmental groups, like the Nature Conservancy, are urging the legislature to reject this proposal. Our position is simple and clear – the wind siting process in New Hampshire may not be perfect…

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Can New England and Canada Achieve ‘Frenergy’?
by John Kassel

Against a backdrop of protesters vehemently opposing bad proposals to bring energy from Canada into New England, governors from the six New England states this week demonstrated their commitment to a clean energy future for our region. They resolved to pool their buying power, regionally, for renewable energy. This will boost wind and solar energy, among other clean sources, at the best available price—a much-needed step on our path to affordable renewable energy and independence from dirty fossil fuels.

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Ratepayers Subsidizing PSNH’s Addiction to Coal
by N. Jonathan Peress

The nation and New Hampshire are relying less and less on coal — our dirtiest, least efficient fuel — to meet our electric power needs. PSNH recently announced it is not operating its flagship coal plant, Merrimack Station in Bow; the plant will sit completely idle for six months of 2012. The two coal boilers at PSNH’s Schiller Station in Portsmouth will operate even less. Yet, PSNH customers continue to pay a premium to keep PSNH’s coal plants on life support, thanks to a regulatory system that protects PSNH’s interests over those of ratepayers.

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The Annoyance of Energy Independence
by Jo Anne Shatkin

Sleep is a wonderful thing, and it’s necessary for good health. As someone who doesn’t always get enough, I understand people’s concern that wind turbines are disturbing their sleep, or if built, will. Yet the report this week from the state’s expert review on the science did not find sufficient scientific evidence that wind turbine noise impacts are loud enough or have the right characteristics to physically disturb people’s sleep.

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Would Northern Pass Swamp the Regional Market for Renewable Projects?
by Christophe Courchesne

With the Northern Pass project on the table, as well as other looming projects and initiatives to increase New England’s imports of Canadian hydroelectric power, the region’s energy future is coming to a crossroads. The choice to rely on new imports will have consequences that endure for decades, so it’s critical the region use the…