NEWS Updates - 2024
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Jan & Feb meetings were presentations, in response to most-requested items in our Interest Survey:  legislation and funding.  (The recordings of those events, the slide decks and links to resources can be found at https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/events 


NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING Please offer input on what would be a useful way to use this time together!  A chance to discuss a particular topic, regroup after our first round of events, learn from members who have offered to share their expertise.  PLEASE OFFER SUGGESTIONS.


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There are not many new bills this week, but there are important bills in committee or going to the full House that continue to need the support of your reps, YOUR TOWNS, and you.  These are our final chances to support “good” bills and oppose “bad ones.”


Good News:  Last week  HB 1649, which regulates PFAS, SB 391 with amendment, and HB 1431, which promotes increased efficiency for the grid and rulemaking, are “ought to pass.”     Thank you for your efforts on behalf of these bills! 


HB 1649  restricts inclusion of PFAS in certain products.

SB 391  requires the PUC to begin rulemaking for the purposes of setting uniform procedures for distributed energy resources that are proposed for interconnection to the electrical infrastructure.  

HB 1431 will restore a key planning requirement to utilities to make projections based on expected consumer demand including heat pumps, EVs etc.


—>Link to NH Network website:  https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills

An easy way to participate:

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose House bills

—>Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose Senate bills

—>Use this list to email all members of a Senate Committee (member emails by committee)


Bills This Week


Tuesday, February 20


SB 550  (Environment and Natural Resources 9:30 am room 103) Relative to an integrated distribution plan which will provide the state a detailed plan for future statewide electric demand.  SUPPORT



Wednesday, February 21


HB 1371  (Municipal and County 1 pm  room 307)  Allow land use master plans to include waste reduction  SUPPORT


HB 1503 (Resource and Recreation 1 pm room 305) relative to the use of and limits the definition of wetlands.  OPPOSE


Further Action Needed


BY FEBRUARY 20: Write/contact your representatives, the appropriate committee, and encourage your town to participate on the following bills.  All 3 bills will be “exec” in the Science, Technology and Energy committee at 10 am.


HB  1630 FN RECOMMEND FOR INTERIM STUDY.  This is a complex, but critical bill that induces manufacturers to pay for price for waste in their products.  It was “killed” in committee and its sponsors are hoping to enable further study with this recommendation.


HB 1630-FN is a bill that aims to establish an extended producer responsibility program for packaging in New Hampshire. The bill includes the creation of a packaging reduction and recycling program, which will be overseen by the Department of Environmental Services. Producers will be required to pay fees based on the amount and type of packaging they use, and these fees will fund the program's administration, local government reimbursements for recycling costs, and educational initiatives. The bill defines various terms related to packaging and recycling, and it exempts producers with less than $1 million in gross revenue or less than one ton of packaging material sold from the requirements.



HB 1059   (subcommittee work group, House Commerce Committee 1 pm room 305)  Senator Shaheen warns that this bill will jeopardize federal funding if this bill does not include up to date energy codes    OPPOSE unless amendment is included to update building codes


HB 1036    Systems Cost Benefit (SBC) charge helps promote energy efficiency, and has an established calculation.  This bill seeks to create an untested calculation for SBC.  (Bill heard on 1/16 - review this date on the Network website for more information)  OPPOSE 


—>Link to NH Network website:  https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills


HB 1623   Looks harmless but could be a blank check against incentives for renewable energy initiatives and state’s ability to pursue federal funds!  (Bill heard on 1/30 - review this date on the Network website for more information)  OPPOSE 


HB  1600  Support Community Power Coalition of NH and other Community Power Aggregator’s ability to participate in net metering.   (Bill heard on 1/29 - review this date for more information)   SUPPORT 


Thursday, February 22  There is a SENATE FLOOR SESSION 1-8 pm..  

The Senate will meet in full session at the State House at 1 pm. 

 =>> You can livestream the House Session here.


HB 1644  (Science, Technology and Energy, on the consent calendar)   requires the Department of Energy to initiate an investigation of the benefits and key considerations regarding support for clean or non-carbon emitting power generation.  A full study of the costs, merits and emissions of various energy forms would be wise, but this bill promises to classify nuclear energy (which doesn’t emit carbon) as a “RENEWABLE” source, qualifying towards our Renewable Portfolio Standard of 25%, so that NH  currently would be EXCEEDING our RPS standard.  Potentially, strangles incentives, growth of solar, wind, hydro, thermal.  put wind, solar, thermal, hydro out of business.  Please ask STE members and your Representative(s) to put HB1644 on “the regular calendar” (not just “consent”) for full discussion in the House.  

OPPOSE “consent” calendar as it will bundle this bill with many others.

Truth and lies about recycling.

We've known for some time that recycling of plastics was almost entirely an empty promise. The plastics industry has known that for a lot longer -- they did the original research. It's not pretty, but it's valuable new documentation. Very thorough.

https://climateintegrity.org/plastics-fraud


Hidden toxins seminar   March 26 at 12 Noon

Hidden Toxics in Our Products & the Transition to Green Chemistry

UNH Sustainability Institute

Register


Bruce's Weekly Update - 2/11/24

Meetings and Events



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https://actionnetwork.org/events/unwrap-the-future-ii



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Addendum

If you're a member of a MUNICIPAL ENERGY COMMITTEE (or are interested in municipal energy actions):


The working group for Municipal Energy Committee members will meet WEDNESDAY, February 21 at 3 pm:


Topic: Municipal Energy Committees - members and interested individuals

Time: Feb 21, 2024 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

        Every month on the Third Wed, 3pm


Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

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Take Action

 THIS WEEK WE ARE ASKING MEMBERS TO WRITE COMMENTARY ON 4 Game Changing BILLS . 

(DETAILS ARE LISTED BELOW. )


An easy way to participate:


New bills for this week

 Tuesday, February 13:


Wednesday, February 14:


Details for opposing HB 1059

Request to  “Amend HB1059 so that it includes the 2021 energy codes for commercial and residential structures.”    


Background

HB1059 would adopt the entire 2021 International Construction Code (ICC), except for the Energy Code.  Due to pressure from state builders and contractors, this bill would keep the less efficient 2018 version of the energy code in place.  In previous legislative negotiations, builders  had agreed to hold NH codes at 2-3 years behind the most modern/efficient versions available.   While the builders are concerned about their costs,  utility bills for occupants (home owners, renters) would be 9-10% higher over the long lifetime of a building.  Builders can add these costs to the purchase price  – utility savings for the occupants would balance out such additions to the purchase price within 3-4 months.   


Reasons to support the 2021 Energy code for commercial and residential buildings:

1. Consumer interests were not represented during the review and adoption of the building energy code by the NH Building Code Review Board.

2. Failure to advance to current energy code passes costs onto consumers.  While weaker codes save builders and contractors costs, they force higher energy costs upon homeowners and also renters. These costs are exceptionally hard on lower income families who are not able to participate in the design of buildings.

3. Builders regularly claim “if building occupants want the more efficient builders, they can ask for it when they hire the builders.” However, most homeowners and renters do not contract for the homes and buildings they occupy.

4. Less efficient buildings are more costly to own,  and are less resilient during extreme weather (will get hotter and colder during heatwaves and cold spells that correspond with major power outages).  (can delete this sentence.)

5.  More efficient buildings are less of a burden for our grid-capacity. 


Legislative Alert for bills that have already had their hearing. 

 (SB 391, HB 1600, and SB 437)


These  bills need comment from your town officials, energy committees, local businesses and/or you.


Find your State Senator’s contact information here.
Find your State Representatives’ contact information here. 

  

Find members of any Senate committee: https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/committees/senate_committees.aspx


Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)


SB 391 (more on SB 391 below*)


Encourage town officials and local businesses to send their opposition on their letterhead – and/or by phone call or email.   Also contact NH DOE and Gov Sununu and Eversource “concerning Interconnection Bill SB 391 being heard on Thursday by the full Senate.”  OPPOSE SB 391  before Thursday’s vote, February 15th.  


It is useful to let the DOE and the Governor hear from the public that there is broad disappointment in state agencies blocking clean energy development.  SB391 will crossover to the House, and we will need the governor's signature in the end.  Broad support now from the grassroots can make a difference!


Governor: governorsununu@nh.gov

DOE: jared.s.chicoine@energy.nh.gov; joshua.w.elliott@energy.nh.gov 


HB 1600


SUPPORT HB 1600 relative to participation in net energy metering,  before Tuesday, Feb 20 committee work & executive  session


Initial bill presented on January 29: details at newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills.

Encourage the House Science, Technology & Energy committee to support Community Power Coalition of NH and other Community Power Aggregator’s ability to participate in net metering.   


SB 437


OPPOSE SB 437 relative to local authority to amend the state building code.

Initial bill presented on February 7: details at newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills


Keep contacting  the Senate Committee on Executive Departments & Administration to ALLOW ambitious local codes.  SB437 would insist on one set of (outdated) codes for the entire state.  Ask for local control – industry should not be allowed to dictate the floor and ceiling for codes.  When municipalities innovate, the entire state can learn.  NO DATE has been posted, but consider contacting the committee now.

 


* OPPOSE SB 391  before Thursday’s vote, February 15th.  


Initial bill presented on January 23: details at newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills



Reasons that DOE is the wrong government entity to lead this process – give this process to the PUC

Notes:  Interconnection is the process by which solar and other distributed energy resources are safely connected to the grid. There are no interconnection rules for the NH. Currently, projects have been installed, inspected and ready for months (or more than a year!) before being interconnected to the grid.

Rules issued by the PUC will clarify interconnection deadlines and speed solar deployment in NH significantly.   Our businesses, municipalities,  residences and the state economy depend on interconnection.

Original bill: https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/legacy/bs2016/billText.aspx?sy=2024&v=SI&id=2095&txtFormat=html

Amendment:  - https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/legacy/bs2016/billtext.aspx?sy=2024&txtFormat=amend&id=2024-0536S


Addendum

Comment by 2/20 on NH State Climate Action Plan 

You can access the public notice at the following NHDES website:

You can download a copy of the draft list of priority measures at the following NHDES website:

Instructions for submitting comments: NHDES will accept comments on its draft priority measures until 4 PM, February 20, 2024. Only written comments will be accepted.

Comments may be sent by mail or email (email is preferred). Please include your name, organization, mailing address, email address, and telephone number with your submittal. 

By email: cprg@des.nh.gov.   Please include the following text in the subject line: “Public Notice - Draft Priority Measures for New Hampshire’s Priority Climate Action Plan.”

By Mail:

 NHDES Climate Pollution Reduction Grants

 Attention: Kurt Yuengling, Air Resources Division

 NHDES Permitting and Environmental Health Bureau

 P.O. Box 95

 Concord, NH 03301-0095


Feed Your Brain

Beer, sheep and solar - fun opportunity


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGxRfCctGjFnjRDBPkRGNmLXhXq?compose=DmwnWrRspXHwmBlbPxZLWrVCmnvhSpBnFQVfdBmztrQFXWZTRLlLKWxwMgcHsXPPNHMWvwgNSdcl



Maine and Casella operations  

https://groups.google.com/g/nh-environment-energy-and-climate-network/c/cdosouJrA5Q


Workshop in Costa Rica  Visions in time of transition  (May 2024)


https://www.braveearth.com/experiences/2024/5/20/vision-in-times-of-transition-harnessing-vision-for-resilience-regeneration-amp-climate-solutions


Email chain re:  Ashland waste treatment bond

https://groups.google.com/g/nh-environment-energy-and-climate-network/c/1-l5nmPBmHE

Bruce's Weekly Update — 2/4/24

OVERVIEW

Meetings



Take Action

     

Feed Your Brain


MEETINGS AND EVENTS



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TAKE ACTION


The House took another step toward a carbon-free economy this week when they adopted HB1499 in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion. The bill would create a committee to study the creation of a civilian clean energy, community resilience, and conservation corps. Now, onto the Senate.

Instructions

Testimony is most effective, a short written submission is “next” most effective and signing in also carries influence.  Seek to contribute within your comfort zone.


What happens to a bill after it’s public hearing and what can I do?

Once bills have had a public hearing, they move onto either work sessions or executive sessions.   If you wish to continue to support a bill then your comments should be directed to the committee member’s email.   In addition, once a bill is headed for a floor vote, it is important to contact your reps directly

Review the Network’s “Bills of Interest” page to check the status of bills from the previous weeks.

 https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills



Bills This Week


Tuesday, February 6

-HB 1386 (Enviro and Agric  1:10 pm  room 301)  Prohibits disposal of lithium batteries in solid landfill (SUPPORT)


-HB 1376 (Enviro and Agric 2:00 pm room 301)  Prohibits false labeling of recycling logo.  (SUPPORT)


-HB 1681 (Enviro and Agric.  3:00 pm room 301) Prohibits sale of products labeled as biodegradable  (SUPPORT)


Wednesday, February 7


-HB 1360 (Resources, Recreation  2 pm room 205)  Enables to the state to declare short term speed limits on NH lakes during periods of high water to avoid shoreline erosion (SUPPORT)


-SB 437  (Executive Dept and Admin   9:15 am room 103)  Relative to local authority to amend building codes.  LIMITS local authority control over energy codes  (OPPOSE)


-SB 373 (Executive Dept and Admin 9 am room 103)  Relative to state building codes and lack of  date energy codes  (OPPOSE)


-HB 1114  (Resources, Rec and Dev  11 am room 305)  Extending commission to investigate PFAS (SUPPORT)


-HB 1415 (Resources, Rec and Dev 3 pm room 305)  Imposing liability for PFAS usage  (SUPPORT)


IMPORTANT UPDATES

PLEASE TAKE ACTION:   Protect Net Metering 

Net Energy Metering (NEM) promotes cost savings, empowers customer choice, stimulates economic growth, and enhances environmental sustainability while contributing to a more reliable and resilient energy grid.  Entities with net metering are credited for the energy they put back on the grid, and that makes net metering financially possible.

This policy has been helping local people and municipalities go solar in New Hampshire since 1998, and supports locally generated small-scale hydropower.

But now, the policy that supports local renewable energy is at risk of a rollback.  Early next year, New Hampshire’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will decide on how much those who generate local power should be compensated in Docket 22-060.  This decision could put solar out of reach for many Granite Staters, hurting both our economy and environment.

Overwhelmingly, new generation sources built just over the last decade have been built because of net metering.  Without net metering, New Hampshire will not build the resources needed to electrify the economy. 

 

In early March 2024 the PUC (NH Public Utilities Commission) will decide how much NH homeowners, businesses, and municipalities will get paid for their investment in solar power on their property.   Currently payment for net metering is at 75%.  If the PUC lowers this payback rate, we may see an end to new solar projects in the state.

 

VERY IMPORTANT  

Much of the energy policy (or lack thereof) in our state comes from regulatory or administrative bodies, like the PUC or the Department of Energy.  These agencies do NOT have the decision-making transparency we find at the State House; it is difficult to influence them, and they are powerful.  Please:

1. Send written testimony to:  clerksoffice@puc.nh.gov  

               and be sure to reference Docket 22-060

 

To see what others have said, go to https://www.puc.nh.gov/Regulatory/Docketbk/2022/22-060.html

Spoken testimony begins at #59, and written testimony follows.

2.     Have your municipal leaders give testimony ON OFFICIAL LETTERHEAD (this could come from your town manager, town council, energy committee…)  The testimony of your town’s officials bears the greatest weight!!    Here’s the snail mail address:    21 South Fruit Street, Suite 10,    Concord, N.H. 03301-2429

3.    PLUS:  Please also have your town officials respond to the call for input to the NH Climate Action Plan, cprg@des.nh.gov.   Remember:  the official comments from our municipal officials have the greatest power to influence policy.

HAPPY NOTE

Your letters at the end of 2023 got the attention of the Department of Energy and the PUC.  They are reconsidering their actions, knowing that we are watching and we care.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Go to cleanenergynh.org/nem 

(Thanks to CENH for much of this information.)   



FEED YOUR BRAIN

Here are the (robust) meeting notes.  (Go to point 2 for the summary)



(filled with local successes and information)

February 2024


Bruce's Weekly Update — 1/27/24

Overview

Meetings and Events


Take Action

https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills


       

Feed Your Brain 


Meetings and Events

Sunday, January 28 - 6:00 PM  Plastics Working Group Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6275609302


Wednesday, January 31,  4:30 PM  Environment Working Group:  Second meeting


https://us05web.zoom.us/j/87453733155?pwd=iBKNBUPO7xR8fmrT8fjHZ0ynzubj1m.1

Password: vE4TeM

Wednesday, January 31 - 7:00 PM Monthly Citizens Climate Lobby NH volunteers meeting


  https://citizensclimate.zoom.us/my/cclnhrizoom?pwd=MTRoSmtMQ3J3bksyc0xwVk9sbEJMdz09


Thursday, February 1 -  4:00 PM NH Funding Sources for Municipalities and Businesses


Funding abounds for environmental and energy projects, from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, the Inflation Reduction Act and more.  But how is a municipality to make sense of the alphabet stew of possibilities?  Learn from a panel of experts who give such advice to communities, businesses, individuals and organizations throughout New Hampshire.


Current funding opportunities for municipalities, schools, nonprofits


            Elective pay, EVs and more – including for businesses & residents


             Who can offer guidance? and the Justice 40 factor 

 

A virtual event, registration at:  bit.ly/NHNfunding



Friday, February 2,  Noon to 1:00 PM -  NH Agriculture and Strategic Plan: Introduction and Input Session


https://groups.google.com/g/nh-environment-energy-and-climate-network/c/DEZTR5ge0ac



Take Action

Environment  WG:  If you are keen on joining the Environment Working Group for our second meeting, please use this poll to help us establish a time that will work best for most of those interested.



Monday, January 29

SUPPORT


MONITOR




Tuesday, January 30







Wednesday, January 31




Feed Your Brain

From Cindy Heath - Active Hope Book Club


Here is the reading list for this year’s Active Hope Book Club, sponsored by the Cornish Library. This is a short series of 4 books highlighting solutions for a positive environmental future for the Earth and for us.


The first session is coming right up, just a week away, kicking off with E. O. Wilson’s Half Earth, which inspired the Half Earth Biodiversity Foundation, which maps the species of the Earth to inform ecosystem protection efforts.


Hope you’ll consider joining for one or all - read and explore with fellow readers or just come to listen in! If your local library doesn’t have the books, they are likely available on a streaming service.


2024 Active Hope Book Club 

Thursdays, Feb 1, 22, March 14, April 4 

6:30 pm, Virtual


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2024 Book Selections


February 1, 630 pm - Half Earth, E.O. Wilson

Despite the Earth's perilous condition, Wilson is no doomsayer, resigned to fatalism. Defying prevailing conventional wisdom, he suggests that we still have time to put aside half the Earth and identifies actual spots where Earth's biodiversity can still be reclaimed. Suffused with a profound Darwinian understanding of our planet's fragility, Half-Earth reverberates with an urgency like few other books, but it offers an attainable goal that we can strive for on behalf of all life.


Edward Osborne Wilson, sometimes credited as E.O. Wilson was an American biologist, researcher, theorist, and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, a branch of entomology. A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, Wilson is known for his career as a scientist, his advocacy for environmentalism, and his secular-humanist ideas pertaining to religious and ethical matters. He was the Pellegrino University Research Professor in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.


Online Resource to Learn More:

https://eowilsonfoundation.org/eowbf-archive/half-earth-our-planets-fight-for-life-a-book-club-conversation-and-audience-qa-with-half-earth-experts/


February 22, 6:30 pm - Deep Economy, Bill McKibben

In this powerful and provocative manifesto, Bill McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our economy. For the first time in human history, he observes, "more" is no longer synonymous with "better"—indeed, for many of us, they have become almost opposites. McKibben puts forward a new way to think about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. Our purchases, he says, need not be at odds with the things we truly value.


Bill McKibben is founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate and justice. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He’s gone on to write 20 books, and his work appears regularly in periodicals from the New Yorker to Rolling Stone. He serves as the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has won the Gandhi Peace Prize as well as honorary degrees from 20 colleges and universities. McKibben helped found 350.org, the first global grassroots climate campaign, which has organized protests on every continent, including Antarctica, for climate action. He played a leading role in launching the opposition to big oil pipeline projects like Keystone XL, and the fossil fuel divestment campaign, which has become the biggest anti-corporate campaign in history, with endowments worth more than $40 trillion stepping back from oil, gas and coal. 


Online Resource to Learn More:

https://thirdact.org/


March 14, 6:30 pm - Drawdown

The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world. "At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective inoculation against the widespread perception of doom that humanity cannot and will not solve the climate crisis. Reported by-effects include increased determination and a sense of grounded hope." --Per Espen Stoknes, Author, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming 


Online Resource to Learn More:

https://drawdown.org/the-book


April 4, 6:30 pm - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they'd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.


Barbara Kingsolver was born in 1955, and grew up in rural Kentucky. She earned degrees in biology from DePauw University and the University of Arizona, and has worked as a freelance writer and author since 1985. At various times in her adult life she has lived in England, France, and the Canary Islands, and has worked in Europe, Africa, Asia, Mexico, and South America. She spent two decades in Tucson, Arizona, before moving to southwestern Virginia where she currently resides.

Bruce's Weekly Update – 1/20/24

Overview

Join the monthly Network meeting on January 22nd:  A Day in The Life of A NH Lobbyist.


Legislative Updates


HB 1697:  The Network opposed this bill as it would decouple NH from RGGI.  It has been amended to avoid this outcome.


HB 1486: Some well deserved praise and outcomes from a Network member


Bravo John (and to the other four advocates for HB1486, Carbon Pricing -proxy for NH),


I think the five testimonial were very well done and complimented each other on covering the essential points of pricing the true costs of carbon emissions from fossil fuels.  The questions by the House Executive and Administrative Committee were well answered and I think quite well received by most of the committee.    John, your specific testimony was compelling information that was integrally important to understanding how Carbon Pricing works.


You (and others) being invited back to help inform a new sub-committee was the best possible outcome, don't you think?   Can this happen in this legislative season?


Meetings and Events


Take Action — (Details listed below)

To review and participate on TIME SENSITIVE CURRENT bills, click the link below (NH Bill Actions).  Testimony is most effective, a short written submission is “next” most effective and signing in also carries influence.  Seek to contribute within your comfort zone.

 https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills


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Meetings and Events

Monday, January 22  7:00 PM —  NH Network: A Day in the Life of a NH Lobbyist  


Register: https://groups.google.com/g/nh-environment-energy-and-climate-network/c/wtm1gcWBJAA



Tuesday, January 23 — 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM  Recalibrating our Circular Economy.  A guide to a healthier planet.  


Register: https://groups.google.com/g/nh-environment-energy-and-climate-network/c/lul5qNcLr5U


Friday, January 26th — 2:00 PM 

Energy Working Group - Policy/Legislative Subgroup

Sunday, January 28th — 6:00-7:30 PM 

  Plastics Working Group



LAST CHANCE for a zoom opportunity to suggest & learn about projects for the NH Climate Action Plan:   (Federal funds available.)

Register for this online session  Wednesday, January 24 | 6:30 PM

Register for the February session   Thursday, February 8 | 3 PM

We want to hear about local and regional projects that will benefit communities most in need, and address the barriers to implementing those projects. All ideas are welcome —  from workforce solutions to building a cost-sharing program to increase weatherization efforts for low- to moderate-income people to developing a coalition to buy solar power for buildings, etc.

Share this information with those in your municipal government.

Register for the Greater Connecticut River Valley Conversation 

Thursday, January 25 | 5:30 PM

Claremont, NH | PDF Flyer

Register for the Greater Monadnock Conversation

Thursday, January 25 | 6 PM

Winchester, NH | PDF Flyer

Register for the first North Country Region Conversation 

Wednesday, January 31 | 5 PM

Berlin, NH | PDF Flyer

Register for the Greater Manchester Conversation 

Thursday, February 1 | 5 PM

Manchester, NH | PDF Flyer

Register for the second North Country Region Conversation 

Wednesday, February 7 | 5 PM

Colebrook, NH | PDF Flyer



February 9th —11:00 AM -12:30 PM  

Webinar:   Investments in Conservation and Climate-Resilience in New England: Assessing the impacts and advocating for the future


Register here:  https://unh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUucuGurzwrGNTiOWVUU51wYlPeqQcowqF5#/registration



Take Action

Monday 1/22






Tuesday, 1/23







Wednesday, 1/24





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Environment Defense Fund free webinar on January 31, 11 to 12:30 on international plastic treaty.  

Presenter is the head of the Asian Environmental Network - great opportunity for global commentary.


Sign up: A Primer on Compliance and Enforcement Issues for Plastics Pollution | Environmental Law Institute (eli.org)


Update on Dalton landfill


https://groups.google.com/g/nh-environment-energy-and-climate-network/c/5tGI_CnyzEI



Clean Energy NH is ready to expand the successful Energy Circuit Rider Program


CENH is currently hiring THREE full time Circuit Riders. 


More information and detailed job descriptions can be found online at cleanenergynh.org/careers-in-energy.

Bruce's Weekly Update 1/13/24

Overview

Please note there are two new working groups meeting this week.  An Energy Committees Subgroup of the Energy Working Group and an Environment Working Group.  Further details on each group’s agenda are below.


Meetings and Eventw



Take Action 

Details offered below.

To review and participate on TIME SENSITIVE CURRENT bills, click the link below (NH Bill Actions).  Testimony is most effective, a short written submission is “next” most effective and signing in also carries influence.  Seek to contribute within your comfort zone.

 https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills


Unlimited time and energy - here are recommendations on a variety of bills from NH American Friends

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGwJcmXhPNpgNrkgkXzfgGBJSvc


       

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Meetings and Events

Sunday, January 14, 6:oo pm - Plastics Working Group


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mYCIOA1kBqcpkdAUZ5o5-fi5dWwadezCp_o6pfH51oE/edit?usp=drivesdk



Meeting ID 627 560 9302 

One tap mobile

+13092053325, 6275609302# US


Wednesday, January 17 5:30 to 7 pm NH DES and NH Listens:  Updating the NH Climate Plan


The NH Department of Environmental Services received a federal grant to update their 2009 "climate action plan." The 2009 plan is insufficient and ineffective in meeting the goals we know we need to combat the climate crisis in 2023.


This is a chance to fight for a better plan with goals and priorities that focus on climate JUSTICE. 


Attend  listening sessions with NHDES (the Department of Environmental Services) and we encourage you to attend  to advocate for projects in your town. Click here for a schedule If you can't make it to a meeting but have ideas you want shared with NHDES, let us know here and we can take that feedback with us.


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGwJcdTGLwwXVxmmlDkxbbVwDnD?projector=1&messagePartId=0.1


Register here:   https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/ghh5et3/lp/44047962-82eb-4699-a525-8bb9a729428b



Thursday, January 18 8:30 am to 1:00 pm  - Youth Climate Action & Clean Energy Forum

 

Register here: 2024 YOUTH FORUM ON CLIMATE ACTION AND CLEAN ENERGY · League of Conservation Voters in New Hampshire (mobilize.us)


Please join us at the 2024 Youth Forum on Climate Action & Clean Energy in Concord on Thursday, January 18th at the Bank of NH Stage.  All are welcome to attend this free event, and we’ll focus on a variety of policy areas including winter sports/outdoor economy, climate/public health, workforce/training, innovation/nature, and civic engagement/protecting democracy.  We’ll have high school and college students on the stage engaging with policymakers on all of these topics.


We are pleased to announce that we’ll be joined by former Undersecretary of Energy and Climate Solutions for Massachusetts as our keynote speaker!

 

Thursday, January 18,  4:00 pm Energy Working Group/Energy Committees Sub Group


Here is the proposed agenda including getting to know one another, exploring municipal solar, community solar, power aggregation.  Agenda is in the attachment.


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGwJcmZKLjpzNHtfQmKrmBmdwQb?projector=1&messagePartId=0.1


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83680429410?pwd=dUV2dTNNenhHaXcwQWZiM3ArWGd0dz09


Meeting ID: 836 8042 9410

Passcode: 535691


Friday, January 19 2:00 pm,  Energy Working Group/Legislative Subgroup (will zoom most Fridays during the NH legislative session)


Friday, January 19 6:00 pm,  You cordially invite you to the first meeting of the NH Network Environment Working Group.

 

This working group will be dedicated to advancing environmental freedom by addressing the interconnected challenges of environmental degradation and economic disparity. Our mission is to empower all Granite Staters, ensuring equitable access to environmental resources and safeguarding ecosystem services critical to human health and well-being. Through collaborative initiatives, advocacy, and education, we will strive to amplify the voices of those disproportionately affected by environmental harm. Grounded in principles of both fairness and self-reliance, we will work together to challenge policies that perpetuate disparities. By fostering partnerships, raising awareness, and mobilizing grassroots efforts, we envision a sustainable and just New Hampshire where every individual, irrespective of background, can thrive.



Topic: Environmental Working Group - initial meeting

Time: Jan 19, 2024 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89945332000?pwd=T0pUWGNNL0o3dkJ1ZmtRYXY2b3VKQT09



Meeting ID: 899 4533 2000

Passcode: 781855Environmental WG



Monday, January 22  7:00 pm  NH Network:  A Day in the Life of a NH Lobbyist  (Register below)


https://groups.google.com/g/nh-environment-energy-and-climate-network/c/wtm1gcWBJAA



Friday, February 9 11:00 am -12:30 pm  Webinar:  Investments in Conservation and Climate-Resilience in New England: Assessing the impacts and advocating for the future


Register here:  https://unh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUucuGurzwrGNTiOWVUU51wYlPeqQcowqF5#/registration


Take Action

Tuesday 1/16


SB 320 (hearing 9:45 am Senate Energy and Natural Resources) LOB Room 103.  Requiring the PUC to establish gas and electric performance incentive mechanisms (PRIORITY SUPPORT)


HB 1036 (hearing 10 am Science, Technology and Energy -STE (LOB room 302 Relative to assessment of cost effectiveness of the system benefit charge (PRIORITY OPPOSE)


SB 430 (hearing 1 pm Senate Transportation room 101)


Relative to establishing a commission to study the impacts of electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries, and e-mobility devices on first responder response, the environment, building and fire codes, and life and safety property protection.


Wednesday 1/17


HB 1103 (Hearing 1 pm Resources and Recreation room 305)  Relative to revising the penalties of the shore-land protection act. Makes it easier NHDES to enforce these provisions.(SUPPORT)


Thursday, 1/18


HB1103  (R,R and D 1 pm room 305)  

Would make it less burdensome for DES to enforce the act. The Dept. would not have to prove that the violation caused damage or that the violator made a good-faith effort to correct the problem before issuing a fine.  (Support)


HB 1113 (R, R and D 2 pm room 305)  

This bill modifies requirements for site assessment studies of shoreland septic systems when a property is sold. If system is not approved by DES or approved more than 20 years ago, a detailed septic evaluation by a NH permitted septic system designer. would be required If system is found in failure, DES and local health officer must be notified and this must be included on the site assessment report. Failed systems would need to be replaced prior to close of the property.

(Support)



HB 1171 (Hearing 2:45 Health and Human Services room 210)  Extending the commission to study environmentally-triggered chronic illness.  (SUPPORT)


HB 1486 (Hearing 2 pm Executive Department and Administration, LOB room 306)  (SUPPORT)


Summary:  HB1486 will require state procurement decisions related to transportation, building HVAC, and energy efficiency to anticipate a future steadily rising federal carbon price on fossil fuels. This will provide economic justification for increased investments in energy efficiency and in favor of electrification (EVs and heat pumps) and clean energy options (PVs, wind, and storage).


The justification for this is an economic one.  Carbon pricing is spreading around the world.  Canada is using CF&D to reach $135/tCO2 in 2030, and the EU is at $85/tCO2 and rising and in the process of implementing a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM).  In total, 73 countries and regions are pricing carbon, covering 23% of global fossil fuels.  That is triple the coverage of just a decade ago.  CBAMs will highly motivate US businesses to push for a federal carbon price.  Our state would be wise to anticipate a US federal carbon price in procurement decisions using a proxy price that aligns with the IPCC's minimum in the 1.5˚C target path.  


More details can be found in “The Growing US Carbon Price Gap” in bit.ly/carbon-price-gap-pdf.


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Bruce's Weekly Update — 1/6/24

Overview

Meetings


Take Action 


Monday 1/9


Tuesday 1/10


Wednesday 1/11

   

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Bills Target Out of State Trash:  Editorial


Meetings and Events

Sunday, January 7, 6 pm  - Plastics Working Group

Plastics working group to focus on legislative activity and strategizing. Legislative Focus Session with Nora Jones (Conservation Law)   Join Zoom Meeting


Nora Bosworth from the Conservation Law Foundation will review  Tony Caplan's "Skip the Stuff" bill (HB 1207-FN) and Karen Ebel's PFAS bill (HB 1649-FN). In addition, we will begin the work of identifying areas to target in testimony that our members will offer in support of each bill and determine who might provide such testimony.


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85600087090?pwd=f41yuGnC0xxZ5PLa2f7NSl6liDEyCw.1



Wednesday, January 10, 7 pm  Climate Working Group


https://citizensclimate.zoom.us/my/cclnhrizoom?pwd=MTRoSmtMQ3J3bksyc0xwVk9sbEJMdz09.



Thursday, January 11 6th Annual Kent Street Legislative Overview 


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGwJcdTXtpDPpCfvcpcmJktfDfj

Thursday, January 11 7 pm   NH Sierra Club Volunteer Night

NH Sierra Club is continuing monthly meetings on zoom to create a community of like minded Granite Staters to plan, act and grow a community-based move...



Wednesday, January 17 5:30 to 7 pm NH DES and NH Listens:  in Updating the NH Climate Plan


The NH Department of Environmental Services received a federal grant to update their 2009 "climate action plan." The 2009 plan is insufficient and ineffective in meeting the goals we know we need to combat the climate crisis in 2023.

This is a chance to fight for a better plan with goals and priorities that focus on climate JUSTICE. 

Attend  listening sessions with NHDES (the Department of Environmental Services) and we encourage you to attend  to advocate for projects in your town. Click here for a schedule If you can't make it to a meeting but have ideas you want shared with NHDES, let us know here and we can take that feedback with us.


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGwJcdTGLwwXVxmmlDkxbbVwDnD?projector=1&messagePartId=0.1


Register here:   https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/ghh5et3/lp/44047962-82eb-4699-a525-8bb9a729428b



Thursday, January 18 8:30 to 1 pm   for the Youth Climate Action & Clean Energy Forum.

 

Register here: 2024 YOUTH FORUM ON CLIMATE ACTION AND CLEAN ENERGY · League of Conservation Voters in New Hampshire (mobilize.us)


 

Friday, January 19  Energy Working Group



February 9 11 am -12 30 pm  Webinar:   Investments in Conservation and Climate-Resilience in New England: Assessing the impacts and advocating for the future


Register here:  https://unh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUucuGurzwrGNTiOWVUU51wYlPeqQcowqF5#/registration


Take Action


Monday 1/9

HB 1047  (9:15 STE)  relative to establishing a committee to examine weatherization initiatives for homes in New Hampshire. SUPPORT


HB1230 ( 10:00  STE) relative to establishing a committee to examine weatherization initiatives for homes in New Hampshire. SUPPORT


HB1294  (E&A 11:00) relative to prohibiting the state of New Hampshire from enforcing the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency. OPPOSE


HB 1499 (STE 1:00 pm)  establishing a committee to study the civilian clean energy, community resilience, and conservation corps. SUPPORT


CACR 14  (E&A 1 pm)  elating to the environment and natural resources. Providing that the state shall maintain and improve a clean and healthful environment for present and future generations. SUPPORT


HB1630-FN (E&A 1:30pm) Title:  relative to extended producer responsibility. SUPPORT


HB 1398  (E&A 2 pm)  relative to utility recovery of costs associated with net energy metering. OPPOSE


Tuesday 1/10

HB 1697 ( 9 am Science, Technology and Energy) suspending New Hampshire's participation in emissions reduction credit programs for a period of 2 years.  OPPOSE


HB 1207 (C&CA, 1:15 PM) Title: relative to single-use disposable plastic foodware accessories. SUPPORT


HB 1636 ( C&CA 1:45 PM) Title: relative to creating the New Hampshire container deposit, refund, recycle, and reuse system. SUPPORT


HB 1649 (C&CA, 2:15 PM) Title: relative to prohibiting certain products with intentionally added PFAS. SUPPORT


Wednesday 1/11

HB 1423  (RR&D, 11 20 am)  requiring the commissioner of the department of natural and cultural resources to identify all old growth and mature forests on public land in the state of New Hampshire. SUPPORT


HB1477 (RR&D 2:00 PM) Relative to environmental surety bonds for businesses that pose a significant risk to the state's natural resources.


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Bills Target Out of State Trash: 

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN for the Concord Monitor:

https://www.concordmonitor.com/Committee-report-on-unlimited-service-area-landfills-53425433


THESE ARE FROM LAST WEEK

 IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM

Senate Bill 2440:  To prohibit the sale and distribution of expanded polystyrene food service ware, expanded polystyrene loose fill, and expanded polystyrene coolers, and for other purposes.


6 out of 9 co-sponsors are from New England, and this begins to address foam packaging as well as food service foam.


Woo Hoo!!!


https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/senate-bill/3440/text


There is a 2020 report from NRDC that gives a lot of information about health impacts of the Clean Air Act:
https://www.nrdc.org/stories/clean-air-act-101#successful
https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/iec-benefits-costs-us-air-pollution-regulations-report.pdf

And here is a scientific paper, from 2012 so not as current, that gives more detail from the public health perspective:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4133758/



Granite State Banks: Missing The Green Boat?  

by Robert L. Pinsonneault — December 1, 2023 17:30 

Green banks have hit the scene in a big way in the wake of the passage of the Inflation Reduction  Act (IRA) of 2022 — and it was a long time in coming. The IRA established a long sought-after 1 national green bank with monies from the newly minted Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund  (GGRF) worth $27 Billion. The national green bank is tasked with disbursing these via a host of  innovative financial products managed by public, public-private, or non-profit institutions at the  state and local level. But what really is this new, climate friendly national bank? How does it 2 3 actually work? And can the residents of New Hampshire actually benefit from its largesse?  

Greening the Green  

According to the EPA, green banks tend to be institutions that are mission-forward, meaning they  encourage the investment of private capital towards projects and products that are meant to  advance the common good. To be eligible for funding from the GGRF, these investments must 4 be aimed at the “deployment of clean energy”, go across sectors (e.g. commercial, residential,  public, and transportation), and help to “bridge market gaps”. The state of Connecticut was not 5 only the first in New England, but indeed the entire Nation, to offer green banking services  starting in 2011. The bank is a quasi-public agency, meaning that they “leverag[e] ratepayer 6 funds with private capital to offer low-cost, long-term financing for clean energy projects.” In so 7 doing, the Connecticut Green Bank anticipated most of the requirements of the GGRF, but it  remains unclear to what extent stakeholders, particularly denizens of rural communities, will  have ready access to these green loans.  

Green Loan Fairness  

One of the greatest challenges facing the transition to a clean energy economy is the availability  of project financing for rural, low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. These localities, 8 including a hefty percentage of New Hampshire towns (and not just north of the Notch) carry a  greater energy cost burden than their urban counterparts — as much as 40 percent higher in some  

cases. The cause of this unequal burden can be attributed in large measure to economies of 9 scale; cities have more people, and therefore more ratepayers to help defray the costs of energy  infrastructure maintenance or installation. The Connecticut Green Bank model will simply not  work in Lancaster or Pittsburgh or Bethlehem or Ossipee because there aren’t enough ratepayers  in those places to make loans through a quasi-public green bank viable. And yet, it is clear that  those are the communities that need the most help. Enter the GGRF. This fund would provide  more of the up-front financing than the traditional quasi-public model, making it easier for low  population, LMI locations like Lancaster, NH to successfully apply for, and benefit from, loans  that will help to introduce efficient and renewable energy infrastructure to these over-burdened  communities. One way to ensure this occurs is to have a sliding maximum income threshold  beyond which individuals or communities would not be eligible for financing. The rich cannot be  getting richer as a result of green banking.  

Ensuring Efficiency  

Government waste is a big topic here in New Hampshire, and most folks, whether rural or  citizens of the Southern Tier, don’t have much of an appetite for throwing good money after bad.  Therefore, any green bank that is built on GGRF funding must be structured to ensure loans only  go to those projects that actually work, that satisfy energy needs today. The challenge, of course,  is to balance this with an inviolable requirement of the GGRF: real, demonstrable decreases in  emissions from energy infrastructure. To find this balance, loans from a Granite Green Bank  would only go to projects that have seen success in other northern New England states. These  include projects like those sponsored by Efficiency Maine, which seems to fulfil the promise of  its name by incorporating greenhouse gas emissions reductions in their definition of efficiency,  thereby prioritizing renewable sources. Maine is able to do this on the authority of their state’s 10 climate change goals, which is where New Hampshire runs in trouble. Our state does not yet  have a climate action plan on the books, and until it does, no amount of financial enticements or  promises of fairness will be enough to make a Granite Green Bank a reality. 

Questions?

Contact newhampshirenetwork@gmail.com to get more information or to join us.

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