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  • Renewable Energy Fund Safe – For Now | Conservation New Hampshire
    s signature If the controversial amendment had been included in the bill that passed it is unlikely that the underlying legislation would have survived A good environmental bill would have been lost Conservation New Hampshire Executive Director Jim O Brien said that the vote in the Senate saved a key piece of environmental legislation while slamming the door shut on the proposed renewable energy fund raid Now that the House and the Senate have both rejected the idea of earmarking the renewable energy fund for this controversial project we hope that the state can use these funds for their intended purposes and continue to create jobs and enable New Hampshire citizens to invest in renewable energy systems The Senate vote was split 12 12 on the amendment with a tie vote meaning that the motion fails All Senate Democrats except Manchester Senators DeVries and D Allesandro as well as President Larsen voted against the amendment All GOP Senators except Minority Leader Peter Bragdon voted in favor of the amendment which was aggressively supported by Former Republican Senator and current Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas This is a big win for the environment continued O Brien It is not that we are against solar panels or the proposed project in Manchester What we are against is the legislature earmarking funds and giving one large corporation an unfair advantage over the hundreds of small businesses and homeowners who have been making use of these funds The New Hampshire legislature should stick to establishing policy not picking the winners and losers of renewable energy funding It is unlikely that the Senate will take up the controversial amendment again in the few remaining weeks of the session but if they do Conservation New Hampshire will be there Tags Betsi DeVries Climate Energy Manchester PSNH renewable

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/climate-energy/renewable-energy-fund-safe-for-now/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Betsi DeVries | Conservation New Hampshire
    on Wednesday the New Hampshire State Senate narrowly voted against attaching a controversial amendment to a popular energy reform bill hopefully killing a proposal that has drawn criticism from environmental organizations small businesses and many concerned New Hampshire citizens The amendment offered by Manchester Democrat Betsi DeVries would have earmarked 5 million over Read More Tags Betsi DeVries Climate Energy Manchester PSNH renewable energy fund RPS Ted Gatsas 1 Comment Read the rest of this entry Working hard to block an energy efficiency bill Posted on May 6 2010 by Jim O Brien After only being able to garner 46 votes in the NH House for an attempted raid on NH s renewable energy fund it appears that PSNH and State Senator Betsi DeVries is working hard behind the scenes to hold hostage an important energy bill moving through the Senate in an attempt to undermine the House vote DeVries is proposing Read More Tags Betsi DeVries Climate Energy Manchester PSNH renewable energy fund RPS No Comments Read the rest of this entry Search for Popular Posts LCHIP Announces 2010 Grant Recipients 2924 view s MacDowell Colony A Haven For Animals Artists 2550 view s Green Eggs and New HAMpshire

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/tag/betsi-devries/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Manchester | Conservation New Hampshire
    may not know however is Read More Tags community Concord hiking Land Manchester Nashua People Health Portsmouth No Comments Read the rest of this entry Renewable Energy Fund Safe For Now Posted on May 13 2010 by Michael O Meara In a late evening session on Wednesday the New Hampshire State Senate narrowly voted against attaching a controversial amendment to a popular energy reform bill hopefully killing a proposal that has drawn criticism from environmental organizations small businesses and many concerned New Hampshire citizens The amendment offered by Manchester Democrat Betsi DeVries would have earmarked 5 million over Read More Tags Betsi DeVries Climate Energy Manchester PSNH renewable energy fund RPS Ted Gatsas 1 Comment Read the rest of this entry Working hard to block an energy efficiency bill Posted on May 6 2010 by Jim O Brien After only being able to garner 46 votes in the NH House for an attempted raid on NH s renewable energy fund it appears that PSNH and State Senator Betsi DeVries is working hard behind the scenes to hold hostage an important energy bill moving through the Senate in an attempt to undermine the House vote DeVries is proposing Read More Tags

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  • Ted Gatsas | Conservation New Hampshire
    popular energy reform bill hopefully killing a proposal that has drawn criticism from environmental organizations small businesses and many concerned New Hampshire citizens The amendment offered by Manchester Democrat Betsi DeVries would have earmarked 5 million over Read More Tags Betsi DeVries Climate Energy Manchester PSNH renewable energy fund RPS Ted Gatsas 1 Comment Read the rest of this entry Search for Popular Posts LCHIP Announces 2010 Grant Recipients 2924

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  • Working hard to block an energy efficiency bill | Conservation New Hampshire
    the Senate in an attempt to undermine the House vote DeVries is proposing to attach the exact same bill the House overwhelmingly rejected Wednesday on legislation which has no opposition and is designed to dramatically increase energy efficiency and renewable development in New Hampshire The legislation DeVries is attempting to hold up HB 1554 will enable thousands of NH citizens the ability to invest in energy efficiency and clean energy improvements for their homes By amending the bill with the very unpopular renewable energy fund raid it appears PSNH and the Senators are hoping to force a political deal on a project opponents have dubbed an earmark for a single large corporation Apparently DeVries and PSNH would rather spend their time playing political games than work in the best interests of renewable development and the citizens of our state We are left to wonder what part of the House s overwhelming rejection of the DeVries raid did they and PSNH not understand Text of HB 1554 http www gencourt state nh us legislation 2010 HB1554 html Tags Betsi DeVries Climate Energy Manchester PSNH renewable energy fund RPS Comment RSS Trackback Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/climate-energy/betsi-devries-psnh-are-working-hard-to-block-progressive-energy-efficiency-bill/ (2016-05-02)
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  • The New Politics of Renewable Energy in NH | Conservation New Hampshire
    and the full Legislature later adopted a renewable portfolio standard or RPS This bill mandated that electric utilities have a certain percentage of renewable energy in their mix so that by 2020 just under 25 of New Hampshire s electricity would come from renewable sources such as wind solar and biomass The result would be to reduce the money leaving our state to buy fossil fuels create new small businesses in our state and cut pollution There are many ways for utilities to meet the RPS requirement Chief among them is for the utilities to purchase renewable energy on the open market Under current New Hampshire law if a utility is unable to secure the renewable energy it needs to meet the RPS goal then it is required to pay a fee These fees are collected by the state and distributed through an open transparent and competitive process run by the Public Utilities Commission PUC The RPS monies were intended to create incentives for homeowners business and municipalities to invest in renewable power Support for and the ultimate success of the 2007 legislation came about by building consensus from affected stakeholders The state s utilities major industries small businesses environmental interests government agencies and consumer advocates all coalesced and were able to agree on the carefully balanced goals and design of the Renewable Energy Act For the first time in New Hampshire s history the creation of a market based approach to renewable energy development was underway As expected the enactment of the Renewable Energy Act was met with bipartisan fanfare State officials from the Governor to members of the House of Representatives showcased their support in campaign ads and fundraising letters The RPS was seen as a long term program to move the state s energy mix from being

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/climate-energy/the-new-politics-of-renewable-energy-in-nh/ (2016-05-02)
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  • The Business of Conservation | Conservation New Hampshire
    of EMS Beth Ginsberg Holzman of Timberland Pages 1 2 Tags business Climate Energy environment Land LCHIP People Health Policy politics RGGI State Parks Transportation Water Comment RSS Trackback Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Ted Manning s Remarks at the 2011 Environmental Policy Breakfast Environmental Policy Priorities 2011 Search for Popular Posts LCHIP Announces 2010 Grant Recipients 2924

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/water/the-business-of-conservation/2/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Energy, Environment & Elections | Conservation New Hampshire
    also served in the role of National Political Director in 2007 With Dennehy s strategic guidance Senator McCain again defied the odds and claimed an upset victory on January 8 2008 As New England Political Director and New Hampshire Campaign Manager in 2000 Dennehy led the McCain movement to its biggest victories including and upset victory in New Hampshire s First in the Nation Primary Steve Marchand Managing Director The Marchand Group Steve Marchand is the Managing Director of The Marchand Group a public affairs and strategic communications firm He is the former mayor of Portsmouth NH serving as the youngest mayor in the state during his term Marchand s experience in government and politics includes auditing cities and states and working with public policy organizations on such issues as health care education Social Security and the aging of America He has also managed or consulted with numerous state and federal political campaigns and was a candidate for the U S Senate in 2007 Ken Colburn Symbiotic Strategies Stonyfield Farms Colburn started Symbiotic Strategies an independent consultancy to pursue his interests in climate change energy public policy and the intersection of environmental and economic opportunity Currently Ken is also Environmental Policy Director at Stonyfield Farms Previously Mr Colburn led the Air Resources Division of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services NHDES helping to make that state a leader in reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases During this tenure Mr Colburn led climate change efforts in the national air directors organization representing the states at many gatherings of the UNFCCC process including Kyoto Prior to joining NHDES Mr Colburn was Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy at the Business Industry Association of New Hampshire representing the state s business community on environmental and energy matters in legislative and regulatory

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/climate-energy/energy-environment-elections/ (2016-05-02)
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