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January 30, 2019

HJR 2 - Exclude offshore drilling from the NH coast

HJR 2 - EXCLUDE OFFSHORE DRILLING FROM THE NH COAST

 

January 30th, 2 pm

Legislative Office Building, Room 206

 

HEARING

• Attend the hearing if possible.

• Send an email to the State/Federal Relations and Veteran Affairs Committee in support of this bill.

 

KEY POINTS

• Workers, water, sea life, the fishing industry and coastal

economies are at risk of blowouts, explosions, and disastrous spills

• Burning oil & gas (fossil fuels) contributes to increased CO2 levels that are causing climate change, warming our oceans, raising sea levels, threatening our communities and coasts and intensify dangerous extreme weather incidents.

 

• Threatens Costal Communities and Economies: Drilling off the Atlantic coast has been off the table since 1983. Tourism and recreation are major contributors to the Atlantic coast's economy and they rely on healthy oceans. In 2012, those two sectors alone generated $40 billion in the Mid- and South-Atlantic regions. Communities in these regions should not have to risk their way of life - or their economic health - due to reckless offshore drilling. *

 

• The BP Deepwater Horizon disaster showed us that spill impacts are both environmentally - and economically - devastating. Following thiat spill, President Obama established the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The Commission found that "the central lesson to be drawn from the catastrophe is that no less than an overhauling of both current industry practices and government oversight is now required." Yet there have been NO major revisions to the law to increase safety since that disaster. Offshore drilling results in oil spills. The risks exposed during the Gulf disaster make it clear we can't gamble with our Atlantic and Arctic oceans. *

 

• Contradicts Climate Science: The international scientific consensus dictates that if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change, including health risks and severe weather, the vast majority of known fossil fuel reserves must remain undeveloped. This includes the oil and gas in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Illustrating this point, a report in the top scientific journal Nature specifically found developing Arctic Ocean oil and gas is incompatible with efforts to stay within our global carbon budget. *

 

• To avoid far more asthma attacks and respiratory disease, degraded air quality, and more frequent, costly, and deadly extreme weather events we must protect--not drill--the Arctic and Atlantic coasts. *

 

* NRDC

 

EMAIL

Patricia.Klee@leg.state.nh.us, Linda.Massimilla@leg.state.nh.us, Amanda.Bouldin@leg.state.nh.us, Latha.Mangipudi@leg.state.nh.us, Joyce.Fulweiler@leg.state.nh.us, Josh.Adjutant@leg.state.nh.us, Ryan.Buchanan@leg.state.nh.us, Fred.Davis@leg.state.nh.us, Israel.Piedra@leg.state.nh.us, Craig.Thompson@leg.state.nh.us, Anne.Warner@leg.state.nh.us, Al.Baldasaro@leg.state.nh.us, Qtipnh@aol.com, armlaw@hotmail.com, pkatsakiores@comcast.net, skip@lavalleys.com, richard.lascelles@leg.state.nh.us, Reed.Panasiti@leg.state.nh.us, Joel.Desilets@leg.state.nh.us, JP.Marzullo@leg.state.nh.us

 

https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/committeedetails.aspx?id=16

 

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A RESOLUTION recommending and requesting the President of the United States and the United States Congress to exclude the state of New Hampshire from offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration activities.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Janvrin, Rock. 37; Rep. Khan, Rock. 20; Rep. Loughman, Rock. 21; Rep. Bushway, Rock. 21; Rep. Maggiore, Rock. 22; Rep. Grote, Rock. 24; Rep. Le, Rock. 31; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21

 

COMMITTEE: State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

Whereas, the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program includes federal waters off the coast of New Hampshire; and

 

Whereas, over 13,630 jobs and more than $1.4 billion of the New Hampshire's gross domestic product depend on clean, oil-free water and beaches and abundant fish and wildlife; and

 

Whereas, over 53 percent of the state's ocean-derived income stems from our tourism and recreation sector, contributing over $283,000,000 to the state's economy, and this economic sector benefits from and depends upon a healthy ocean and coast; and

 

Whereas, offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration activities place coastal communities at economic and ecological risk from oil spills and the pollution brought by routine drilling operations and onshore industrialization, threatening the quality of life and livelihoods of the state's citizens and important industries, such as tourism and recreation and commercial and recreational fishing, and small businesses that rely on a clean and healthy ocean and beaches; and

 

Whereas, the state of New Hampshire recognizes that its communities and industries depend on a healthy coastal environment for the benefit of current and future residents, property owners and visitors; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

That the general court of the state of New Hampshire believes that offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration risks our economic and ecological health and therefore opposes any plan or legislation that encourages oil and gas exploration offshore that would negatively affect the citizens of the state; and

 

That the general court of the state of New Hampshire respectfully requests that the President of the United States and the United States Congress direct the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to exclude the state and its offshore areas from the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program; and

 

That suitable copies of this resolution, duly authenticated by the Secretary of State, be transmitted to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, to National Oil and Gas Leasing Program Development and Coordination Branch Chief Kelly Hammerle, to the President of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and to each member of the New Hampshire congressional delegation.

 

http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Results.aspx?q=1&txtbillnumber=HJR%202&txtsessionyear=2019

January 30, 2019

HB735 - Put a price on carbon #CarbonFee603

SAY YES TO PUTTING A PRICE ON CARBON IN NH!

 

HB735

Wednesday, January 30th, 1:30 pm, Room 304

"Relative to carbon pricing"

KEY POINTS

• It ensures that the required emission reductions will take place to keep carbon emitters within their pre-allocated carbon budget or pay for carbon credits.

• A price on carbon helps shift the burden for damage from greenhouse gas emissions back to those who are responsible for it and who can reduce emissions.

• A cap-and-trade system – caps the total level of greenhouse gas emissions and lowers the cap over time. Companies are allowed a limited, and falling, number of emissions permits. Those industries with low emissions are able to sell their extra allowances to larger emitters. By creating supply and demand for emissions allowances, an ETS establishes a market price for greenhouse gas emissions. 

• A carbon tax directly sets a price on carbon by defining a tax rate on greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon content of fossil fuels. It is different from an ETS in that the emission reduction outcome of a carbon tax is not pre-defined but the carbon price is.

• NHDES and the State of New Hampshire are participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) with other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. RGGI is a regional plan to implement a flexible, market-based program to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – a major cause of global warming – from power plants in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. New Hampshire and nine other states have adopted laws and/or regulations to establish a framework for implementing RGGI in their respective states.

NOTE

When you write to the senators sponsoring this bill, please thank them for their support of a carbon fee, let them know you're an ECHO Action member and ask them to rescind their support of the Granite Bridge Pipeline and LNG tank.

 

WHAT IS A CARBON FEE?

Want to learn more about the carbon fee & dividend law Citizens Climate Lobby is working to achieve nationwide? (and globally!)

https://citizensclimatelobby.org/carbon-fee-and-dividend/

SHARE ON FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/events/526123501124447/

http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/bill_status.aspx?lsr=765&sy=2019&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2019&txtbillnumber=HB735

 

https://legiscan.com/NH/bill/HB735/2019

 

BILL SPONSORS

Rep. Lee Oxenham

Sen. Martha Fuller Clark

Sen. David Watters

 

Email the Science, Technology & Energy Committee plus the bill sponsors

• Copy and paste this list into your email and send!

 

Lee.Oxenham@leg.state.nh.us, david.watters@leg.state.nh.us, Martha.FullerClark@leg.state.nh.us, Bob.Backus@leg.state.nh.us, Howard.Moffett@leg.state.nh.us, Lee.Oxenham@leg.state.nh.us, cali0917@aol.com, john.mann@leg.state.nh.us, staterep27@myfairpoint.net, KVincentNHrep@comcast.net, Chris.Balch@leg.state.nh.us, Kat.McGhee@leg.state.nh.us, Rebecca.McWilliams@leg.state.nh.us, George.Saunderson@leg.state.nh.us, Ken.Wells@leg.state.nh.us, harringt@metrocast.net, jeanine.notter@leg.state.nh.us, glenaldrich@gmail.com, doug.thomasnh@gmail.com, merner08@aol.com, thud007@hotmail.com, james.webb@leg.state.nh.us, Fred.Plett@leg.state.nh.us

October 09, 2018

10 Fast, Easy, Meaningful Actions To Help Stop Granite Bridge Pipeline!

Here are 10 fast, easy and meaningful actions that can make a difference. The more of us that participate, the louder we are! #MakeYourVoiceEcho

 

Have you...

 

1. Signed the petition and shared it?

 

2. Called or emailed NH SENATOR MARTHA FULLER CLARK?

Martha.FullerClark@leg.state.nh.us

603-271-3092 (at the State House)

603-319-1560 (campaign office)

 

Scripts for calls or email here! Thanks to those who have already called or written! You can call again or send another email! See Liberty Utilities promotion with Senator Fuller Clark's quote.

* The hashtag and text beneath and to the right were added by us.

 

3. Written a Letter to the Editor?

Guide and contact information is here!

 

4. Read and shared Connie's amazing blog post?

Preschool emergency evacuation site is in Granite Bridge Pipeline "Incineration Zone"

5. Told us why you oppose GBP & LNG? Read others. Submit yours here!

 

6. Called your State Rep yet?

 

7. Read this evidence that we're on the right side of history?!?!

Fossil fuel on last legs: Lovins

 

"Lovins also warned gas was no safe haven among fossil fuels; all of them, including gas, are in “deep trouble” against unsubsidised renewables, he said, as he warned there would be stranded assets from planned gas power plants in the US.

 

“I hope these won’t be your dollars,” he told the conference. “Global gas demand will dwindle in step with oil.”

8. SHARED posts, articles and graphics on Facebook and tweeted about it on Twitter? Sharing our posts count or write your own!

 

9. SHARED your work with us? We want to hear about the amazing things you're doing!!!

 

10. INVITED your neighbors and friends to learn more about Granite Bridge Pipeline?

October 06, 2018

Resist Granite Bridge Pipeline: 2 minute action! (scripts included!)

October 2nd - 6th

PIPELINE RESISTANCE CALL TO ACTION

Call or email each day this week! (You can call more than once!)

 

CONTACT NH SENATOR MARTHA FULLER CLARK

Martha.FullerClark@leg.state.nh.us

603-271-3092 (at the State House)

603-319-1560 (campaign office)

 

* We invite our MA friends to share their concerns as well.

 

NOTE: You will find the Granite Bridge graphic with Senator Clark's quote in the "Discussion" section on this page. Information has been added to the original graphic, updating the information. You may include this in your email if you would like to.

 

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🔸CALLING SCRIPT

Your call will be answered by an aide or voicemail

 

"Hello, my name is ______________ and I live in _________ (NH town). I am calling today because I read Senator Fuller Clark's quote on a Liberty Utilities Granite Bridge Pipeline advertisement.

 

In your quote, you acknowledge climate change, while endorsing fossil fuel expansion. I would like the Senator to know that methane, fracked gas, is a greenhouse gas that is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Last year, Liberty Utilities pipelines leaked 2.2% of their gas into the atmosphere last year and ratepayers paid for that, not the utility.

 

Clean energy is not just the future, it's now. I respectfully ask that you rescind your support of the Granite Bridge Pipeline and LNG tank and instead, ask Governor Sununu to request a federal task force to study offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine. We can't wait. The time is now.

 

Thank you."

 

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🔸EMAIL SCRIPT

 

"Dear Senator Fuller Clark,

 

I read your quote supporting Liberty Utilities Granite Bridge Pipeline in a Facebook advertisement and felt compelled to respond because clean energy is not just the future, it's now.

 

In your quote, you acknowledge climate change, while endorsing fossil fuel expansion. I am sure that Liberty Utilities was very convincing in promising reduced carbon emissions. Did you know that fracked gas, is methane, a greenhouse gas that is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide?

 

Last year, Liberty Utilities pipelines leaked 2.2% of their gas into the atmosphere last year and ratepayers paid for that, not the utility. That's devastating to our climate and therefore, NH's tourism economy, skiing, maple trees, maple syrup and wildlife.

 

I respectfully ask that you rescind your support of Granite Bridge Pipeline and LNG tank, and instead, ask Governor Sununu to request a federal task force to study offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine. We can't wait. The time is now.

 

Respectfully,

______________ (your name)

______________ (your town)"

 

Senator Martha Fuller Clark, NH General Court

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/senate/members/webpages/district21.aspx

Event and graphic referred to above can be viewed on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/160384501573477/

July 25, 2018

Activism Workshops & Trainings

Want to Make Your Voice Echo, but not sure how? We can help!

WORKSHOPS & TRAININGS

• Compelling Stories For Letters, Comments, Elevator Speeches

• Using Social Media For Change

• Engage & Activate Neighbors, Your Community, Elected Officials

• Communications: How To Connect On Climate

• Stop & Stare Signs

July 25, 2018

Host a #NoGraniteBridgePipeline sign-painting party in your yard!

We're looking for community members in pipeline-threatened towns and abutting towns to host sign-making parties. We'll make them and hit the streets with them! Contact Sue at Sueldu@gmail.com for more information!

July 16, 2018

Join the "Light Up The Night For Climate Action" Team!

Join us on overpasses, roadsides, parking lots and town commons to Light Up The Night For Climate Action with our lighted signs! We chat, laugh, wave at passersby, cheer for honks and enjoy stargazing! Raise awareness with us and make a difference!

July 09, 2018

Letter Writing & Docket Comments

We can help you write a compelling Letter to the Editor or docket comments on the Granite Bridge Pipeline or horizontal directional drilling for a pipeline under the Ashuelot River in Keene! Your words, your thoughts matter! Stories are most compelling when they come from impacted towns. You don't need to be an expect, just a concerned citizen. We will help you!

March 31, 2018

Call for community liaisons for Granite Bridge Pipeline towns

VOLUNTEERS

Community members are needed to connect with the community in all of the pipeline towns and abutting towns.

 

PIPELINE TOWNS

- Manchester

- Auburn

- Candia

- Raymond

- Epping

- Brentwood

- Exeter

- Stratham

 

CONTACT

Stephanie Scherr

March 09, 2018

Demonstration at NH PUC opposing Granite Bridge Pipeline

NH Public Utilities Commission, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

DEMONSTRATION - STOP GRANITE BRIDGE PIPELINE

 

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (PUC) DOCKET # DG 17-198

- http://www.puc.state.nh.us/Regulatory/Docketbk/2017/17-198.html

- https://www.puc.nh.gov/Regulatory/Docketbk/2017/17-198/ORDERS/17-198_2018-02-08_OON.PDF

 

PRE-HEARING CONFERENCE

March 9, 2018, 10:00 AM

 

PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION

Bring pro-renewables, fossil-free, anti-pipeline signs

February 21, 2018

Granite Bridge Pipeline Docket #DG 17-198 Comments Needed

COMMENTS NEEDED ON LIBERTY UTILITIES PIPELINE DOCKET FOR GRANITE BRIDGE PIPELINE

 

TOWNS ON THE ROUTE

Manchester, Auburn, Candia, Raymond, Epping, Brentwood, Exeter, Stratham

 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PIPELINE

http://www.echoaction.org/granite-bridge

 

NH PUC Docket # DG 17-198

https://www.puc.nh.gov/Regulatory/Docketbk/2017/17-198.html

 

SUBMIT COMMENTS

Email docket filing to executive.director@puc.nh.gov.

 

IMPORTANT: This link is for transmittal of electronic filings only. The Commission does not review or save email transmittal messages so please do not include substantive information about the filing in your email transmission. The mailbox has an 8 mb limit per message and its associated attachments. If your document is larger than that, you may have to send multiple emails.

 

MORE ON DOCKET FILING & REQUIREMENTS

http://www.puc.state.nh.us/Regulatory/e-docketfiling.htm

 

Thank you for submitting comments in opposition to Liberty Utilities' natural (fracked) gas methane pipeline, Granite Bridge that runs from Manchester to Stratham (see map above).

 

MANCHESTER NH HAPPENINGS NOW

Manchester, New Hampshire

Progressive Manchester NH

New Hampshire Democratic Party

February 19, 2018

NH Letter Campaign: Increase renewable goals & efficiency - immediate action required

LETTER CAMPAIGN TO INCREASE RENEWABLES AND RESTORE ENERGY EFFICIENCY FUNDING THROUGH RGGI

 

Scripts and emails are included. Background on the bills is at the bottom. These are extremely important bills that could have a big impact on renewable energy and efficiency. Please send your emails today! Thank you in advance!

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🔸LETTER 1

Dear members of the House Finance Committee,

 

I understand that you are voting on the amended HB 559 on February 21st. Please vote yes to use the funds for energy efficiency programs. This is the right thing to do for the Granite Staters and the right thing to do to reduce the related air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Thank you,

Your Name

Your Town

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EMAIL THIS LETTER TO

HouseFinanceCommittee@leg.state.nh.us

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🔸LETTER 2

 

Dear members of the Senate Energy Committee,

 

HB 114 reduces our solar goal from 15% (already a very low bar) down to about 6% by 2025- that's shocking!

 

This is not in the best interest of NH residents for the following reasons:

 

1. Economics and diversity of energy sources. As I am sure you know, right now, NH relies on natural gas for about 60% of its electricity production. It is not wise to rely on one source for that much. If the price were to rise a great deal, we all suffer and pay the additional prices. If there were to be a supply problem (such as a pipeline explosion) then we all suffer from the decreased supply.

 

2. Solar is largely local. Solar farms such as the one proposed on in Hinsdale, or individual rooftop solar installations are in NH. That means we do not have to worry about importing the energy from other states or countries.

 

3. Solar is booming and providing a lot of local jobs. We have no coal mines in NH. nor do we have any oil or natural gas wells. but we do have proposed solar farms and individual solar installations.

 

4. Solar does NOT contribute to air pollution. I am sure you are aware that natural (fracked) gas frequently has methane leaks that can not be seen or smelled. In addition to methane leaks, the compressor and metering stations needed to push the gas along the pipelines often have "blowdowns", which release a toxic mix of gases into our atmosphere, the air we all share and breathe.

 

READ MORE

https://sites.google.com/site/metropolitanenvironmental/the-lowdown-on-gas-compressor-blowdown-the-dirty-truth-of-unreportable-emissions

 

Thank you very much for considering my request,

Your Name

Your Town

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EMAIL THIS LETTER TO

 

Copy & paste to send to all (preferred):

Kevin.Avard@leg.state.nh.us, jeb.bradley@leg.state.nh.us, Dan.Innis@leg.state.nh.us, martha.fullerclark@leg.state.nh.us, dan.feltes@leg.state.nh.us

 

Kevin Avard, Chair

Kevin.Avard@leg.state.nh.us

 

Jeb Bradley, Vice Chair

jeb.bradley@leg.state.nh.us

 

Dan Innis

Dan.Innis@leg.state.nh.us

 

Martha Fuller Clark

martha.fullerclark@leg.state.nh.us

 

Dan Feltes

dan.feltes@leg.state.nh.us

 

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Thank you to Mary Beth Raven for the scripts!

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BACKGROUND, LETTER 1

 

Under RGGI, energy producers are supposed to reduce their output of greenhouse gasses every year and contribute to energy efficiency programs (insulation, sealing, LEDs and CFLs), which reduce electrical consumption and fossil fuel use.

 

A few years back the legislature voted to rebate the money rather than put it to good use supporting energy efficiency.

 

In a surprise move the House Finance Committee voted to reverse and early policy and use the money for energy efficiency again. They will take a final vote on the amended bill (HB559) on 2/21/18.

 

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xxxiv/362-f/362-f-mrg.htm

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BACKGROUND, LETTER 2

 

NH has been moving slowly towards greater use of renewables.

We know that doing this faster how we do away with fossil fuels and dangerous pipelines that carry them.

 

In move we were not impressed by, the House voted to reduce the renewables goal of 15% solar by 2025 (already a low bar!) to a shocking 6%!!!

 

The bill (HB114) passed by only 3 votes. It now goes to the Senate Energy Committee.

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Thank you to Ken Grossman for the background descriptions.

October 31, 2017

PUC comments needed to stop Liberty Utilities request for a Keene gas franchise

Comments are needed immediately on docket #DG 17-068.

> Go to the PUC comment page

> Enter DG 17-068 in the search box at the top left.

> A list of comments already submitted can be viewed directly beneath the search box. You may use these as a guide for writing your comments. 

* Your comments do not have to be technical. Just voice your opinion thoughtfully. Remember to include your town at the end of the letter. Email/mail instructions are below.

Liberty Utilities (EnergyNorth Natural Gas) Corp. d/b/a Liberty Utilities - Keene Division, Petition for Declaratory Ruling

* Details on letter writing are below.

STOP GAS EXPANSION IN KEENE (Read more here)

Declare your opposition to Liberty Utilities expanding gas service throughout New Hampshire, including into Keene, Concord, Pelham, Lebanon, etc. send a comment demanding that they not be granted a franchise for Keene without public input.

It is also essential that you comment on Governor Sununu's 10 Year Energy Strategy. We understand that legislators and environmental organizations are unaware of this new effort to revise the 10 year energy plan that was last written in 2014. We are concerned that these changes will make it easier for gas pipeline expansion in the Granite State, something Governor Sununu has been vocal about supporting.

The PUC’s rules require the commission to treat the petition for a declaratory ruling as a contested case, which means an order of notice and all of the other usual procedural formalities. Here’s the applicable rule:

PUC 207.01 Declaratory Rulings

(a) A person seeking a declaratory ruling on any matter within the jurisdiction of the commission shall request such ruling by submitting a petition pursuant to Puc 203.

(b) Such a petition shall be verified under oath or affirmation by an authorized representative of the petitioner with knowledge of the relevant facts.

(c) The commission shall dismiss a petition for declaratory ruling that:

(1) Fails to set forth factual allegations that are definite and concrete;

(2) Involves a hypothetical situation or otherwise seeks advice as to how the commission would decide a future case; or

(3) Does not implicate the legal rights or responsibilities of the petitioner; or

(4) Is not within the commission’s jurisdiction.

(d) Except for a petition dismissed pursuant to subsection (c), the commission shall conduct an adjudicative proceeding on a petition for declaratory ruling in accordance with Puc 203."

SAMPLES

You may use any letter listed under "Comments" on the PUC site.

SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS

EMAIL

executive.director@puc.nh.gov

(Put the docket # in the subject area.)

*If the email above does not work, try executivedirector@puc.nh.gov

MAIL

Debra Howland Executive Director and Secretary

New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission

21 South Fruit Street, Suite 10

Concord New Hampshire 03301

 

Related blog post

October 31, 2017

NH's 10 Year Energy Strategy (Commenting)

URGENT! 10 YEAR ENERGY STRATEGY COMMENTS REQUIRED

Hearings October 16th-19th (or email/mail your comments in)

• View the email below asking for more hearing locations and an extended comment period.

• Currently scheduled hearings

• Attend a local hearing and comment and/or send your comments via email.

 

* Limited time, please respond quickly!

* Please consider sending us a copy of your email.

 

Provide your opinion about New Hampshire's energy strategy in one of the public input sessions of the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) this month. This government organization advises the Governor and legislature on energy policy.

 

State Energy Strategy (SB191) Public Hearings. Senate Bill 191 (2013) directs the Office of Energy & Planning, in coordination with a newly formed Energy Advisory Council, to develop an energy strategy for New Hampshire.

 

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KEY TALKING POINTS

• Increase energy efficiency (MA is #1, VT & RI are high ranking. NH is #21.)

• Increase our use of renewable energy (booming solar) and NH's energy independence

• Provide incentives and rebates for changing to energy star appliances

• Provide incentives and rebates for installation of solar panels for residential and commercial customers

• Support offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine

• No natural (fracked) gas expansion/pipelines. Methane is a very potent greenhouse gas.

• No Northern Pass or other destructive mega-energy infrastructure

 

💥NOTE: NH's strategic energy plan was updated in 2014, so any changes to this plan are unexpected and may be to make siting pipelines or gas expansion easier and lower the rate at which we increase renewable energy.

https://www.nh.gov/osi/energy/programs/documents/energy-strategy.pdf

 

WRITTEN TESTIMONY

Send via...

 

EMAIL

osiinfo@osi.nh.gov

 

MAIL

Office of Strategic Initiatives

107 Pleasant St.

Concord, NH 03301

 

Written testimony must be received by OSI no later than October 31st

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HEARING SCHEDULE

https://www.nh.gov/osi/energy/programs/sb191.htm

 

October 16th, 2017

12:00pm

Kilton Public Library

80 Main St., West Lebanon

 

October 16th, 2017

6:00pm

White Mountain Community College

2020 Riverside Dr., Berlin

 

October 17th, 2017

6:00pm

Johnson Hall, 1st Floor (BTLA)

107 Pleasant St., Concord

 

October 18th, 2017

6:00pm

Dublin Town Hall

1120 Main St., Dublin

 

October 19th, 2017

1:00pm

Wolfeboro Town Hall

86 S. Main St., Wolfeboro

 

October 19th, 2017

6:00pm

NH Dept. of Environmental Services, Pease Field Office

222 International Dr., #175, Portsmouth

October 31, 2017

NH's 10 Year Energy Strategy (Petition)

New Hampshire's pipeline opponents and environmental organizations are deeply concerned about the threat to our air and water if NH's 10 year energy strategy should be weakened in an attempt to make the Granite State pipeline friendly. The BIA (Business Industry Association) has been an aggressive supporter of natural (fracked) gas expansion in NH.

 

"Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who called New Hampshire a "regulatory police state" during his campaign, appointed a regulatory reform steering committee last month to conduct in-depth reviews of state regulations and recommend changes...Jim Roche, president of the Business and Industry Association, said several studies have ranked New Hampshire's regulatory climate as worse than most other states." - NH1

(http://nh1.com/politics/nh-politics/governor-s-panel-on-regulatory-reform-holds-first-meeting)

 

PETITION
Please consider adding your name to this important petition listing concerned #NH citizens who want to make sure we do not regress on climate action and energy efficiency, and requesting Governor Sununu join the U.S. Climate Alliance. This petition will be sent to the New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives as public testimony regarding the revision of the 10-Year State Energy Strategy.

- https://www.nh.gov/osi/energy/programs/sb191.htm

 

State Energy Strategy (OSI): https://www.nh.gov/osi/energy/programs/sb191.htm

 

"We, the signatories to this petition, urge that the New Hampshire 10-Year State Energy Strategy pursue a clean, healthy, economical energy future least impacted by climate change through..."

 

Join us in sending a clear message that fracked gas is out and clean, renewable energy is in!!!

 

Please join me in signing this petition today. Organizations may also sign on in support of maintaining clean energy standards and defending our state against fracked gas expansion.

 

Make your voice echo!

 

SIGN NOW!

October 27, 2017

Light Up The Night: Glow Procession & Rally

6:30 PM - Ashuelot River Park for our #FossilFree603 photo booth and to participate in the glow stick procession to Central Square.

7:00 PM - Central Square glow stick climate rally with lighted signs.

July 20, 2017

Pat Martin speaks about energy at Monadnock Progressives

PAT MARTIN will be a guest panelist at the July 20th Monadnock Progressive Alliance meeting in Keene! Come learn more about how to support clean energy in our community!

Monadnock Progressive Alliance

49 Community Way, Keene, NH (across from the Monadnock Food Co-op)

6:00-8:00 pm

Event on Facebook

June 24, 2017

Organizations sign on in support of a renewable alternative to a gas plant in Keene NH

July 06, 2017

Keene City Council votes on the Keene Climate Resolution (no public input)

6:00 - Climate & No Gas Plant Rally outside Keene City Hall

7:00 - City Council Meeting at Keene City Hall, 3 Washington Street,

June 15, 2017

🔸 No Keene Gas Plant: Call & Email Mayor Lane today!

MAYOR LANE may not know the consequences of a fracked gas plant in Keene. In fact, he seems to think he can say no to a pipeline after he creates the need and means for one. Did you know that Kinder Morgan was looking at Vernon VT or Hinsdale NH to build an industrial gas plant? Hey, Keene just happens to be on that pipeline route and now, a willing victim.

 

ECHO Action testified in Washington, DC at the National Press Club in December along with other pipeline organizations against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's #FERCabuses. We're helping others to fight what Keene is welcoming in!

 

The temporary gas plant will provide fuel for the Monadnock Marketplace. Once approved, Liberty Utilities will seek approval for a permanent gas plant and Mayor Lane wants to get the City of Keene on gas. Liberty Utilities offers cities a 10% reduction in fuel rates and raises rates on their other customers. The gas industry currently has a glut (excess of gas) and are selling way below normal rates. Businesses will pay to convert, the rate will go up and as we rapidly move to renewable energy, they will be forced to pay to convert again. Businesses should be saving money and serving the community by converting to heat pumps and renewable energy now.

 

PETITION: Sign now! http://bit.ly/2rHGwnq

 

🔴 CALL, WRITE, EMAIL, VISIT

 

🔸 1. MAYOR KENDALL LANE

Keene City Hall

3 Washington St., Keene, NH 03431

(603) 357-9805, mayor@ci.keene.nh.us

https://www.ci.keene.nh.us/government/mayor

 

🔸 2. FRED MCFADDEN

Property Manager for Monadnock Marketplace

FM@winslowpm.com, FM@sumrp.com

781-674-2020

 

🔸 2, KATZ PROPERTIES, Boston

Owners of Monadnock Marketplace

80 Hayden Ave, 2nd Floor

Lexington, MA 02421

781.674.2020

ma@katzproperties.com

 

🔸 4. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, KEENE SENTINEL

news@keenesentinel.com

Facebook event page with more details & script

June 15, 2017

🔹 Keene Gas Plant VIGIL & VOTE

🔹KEENE GAS PLANT VIGIL

5:30 PM - Rain or shine, outside Keene City Hall and at Central Square beginning at 5:30. Bring large signs. Messaging suggestions are listed below. Invite friends! It's fun, come be social!

 

🔹CITY COUNCIL MEETING, CLIMATE RESOLUTION & VOTE

7:00 PM - Keene City Hall, 2nd floor

DIRECTIONS

Follow Main Street to the light at the second circle. You have to LOOK for Keene City Hall. It's right next to Luca's market. Take the railed steps and enter.

NOTE

Our events are always nonviolent, drug-free, weapon-free and of course, fossil free!

HOSTS
• ECHO Action NH: #FossilFree603 Environmental Justice Network
• NH Pipeline Resistance: Stop Kinder Morgan / No Keene Gas Plant
• Post Oil Solutions
• Roaring Brook Nonviolent Direct Action Affinity Group
• 99th Monkee Affinity Group

June 05, 2017

🔹Congresswoman Annie Kuster's “Standing Up to Support the Environment and Clean Energy” Press Conference ​

TIME
Monday June 5th, 11:30 AM

LOCATION
Peterborough Town Hall courtyard
1 Grove Street in Peterborough

RSVP
Sam Cooper-Wall
603-595-2006
sam.cooper-wall@mail.house.gov

June 03, 2017

🔹 Kinder Morgan, Liberty Utilities, pipelines, fracked gas and New Hampshire's energy future.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSION

KEENE has a climate action plan, a climate adaptation plan, a state-of-the-art recycling facility, a food co-op and a reputation for being savvy decision makers. A gas plant and pipeline are out-of-sync with wise community planning.


Come learn about the connections between the NED pipeline battle and the current push for gas across New Hampshire, what the safety, health and environmental risks are, our options and how we can work together to make responsible decisions in support of a clean energy future for the Monadnock Region, Granite State, the Northeast and beyond.

Date & Time
Saturday, June 3rd
11:00 am - 12:45 pm

Location
To be announced

Information

Keene Gas Plant Petition
https://www.change.org/p/governor-chris-sununu-nh-s-ready-to-be-fossilfree603-kinder-morgan-liberty-utilities-we-ll-pass-on-the-gas?recruiter=725010227&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

Statewide Energy Petition
https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/no-pipelines-no-northern?source=c.em&r_by=18425652

NED Pipeline Community Survey
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19HBKmR8GjIAURfo_yzd7zUW6QyfoyQJaS3DMF8lyeAc/edit#responses

May 22, 2017

💥 HEARING: Liberty Utilities at Keene Planning Board for proposed gas plant

Monday, May 22nd, 6:30 pm

Keene City Hall, 3 Washington Street
Council Chambers, 2nd floor

Facebook event page

NO PIPELINE PETITION
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/no-pipelines-no-northern?source=c.em&r_by=18425652

NED PIPELINE COMMUNITY SURVEY
https://goo.gl/forms/mlCoPryFg9DqKb842

May 14, 2017

💥 NED Pipeline Community Survey

We're interested in how the proposed NED pipeline impacted you and what your concerns are for the future. This brief survey consists of multiple choice/check box questions and 2 optional short answer questions. We hope you'll take a few minutes to tell us about your experience!

Take the survey now!

May 14, 2017

Sign our petition and share across the Granite State today!

A year after the NED pipeline was withdrawn, we're uniting Southern and Northern New Hampshire to defend our state and move forward in the clean energy revolution.

Clean energy will increase jobs, grow the economy, attract businesses and help retain youth. Reduce costs without devastating, controversial, taxpayer-burdening, large-scale infrastructure projects. 


#NoZombieNED #NoNorthernPass #NHrenewablesNow #NHunited

May 06, 2017

TD Bank Fossil Fuel Divestment Vigils

Every Saturday

 

12:00-1:00 pm - Keene: TD Bank, Main Street with Pat Martin

11:00am-12:00pm - Milford: At the Oval with Chris Balch

For the most updated schedule of events, always check ECHO Action's Facebook events page before heading out the door.

August 07, 2017

Uprise! Youth Activism Camp

Wheelock Mountain Farm

91 West Wheelock Road, Greensboro Bend, VT 

August 7th-13th

• Youth ages 13-19

• An amazing week of teen empowerment, creativity, action, and friendship in Vermont.

• Passionate about empowering teens as organizers, change makers, and allies in our rapidly changing world.

• Bring your hopes and fears for the future, your unique style and skills, passion & ideas!
Uprisecamp.org   Scholarship fund  Facebook

March 26, 2017

Pipeline Prevention Team: Volunteer Recruit

Governor Sununu invited EPA head Scott Pruitt to NH to help him get past water regulations. He has stated he welcomes pipelines. We need you! Join the team now!

March 30, 2017

SB128 Pipeline Tax Vote

NH State House: Immediate action required

More about this bill and sponsor contacts

Legiscan

April 07, 2017

Arts & Activism

Keene State College

Young Student Center in the Mabel Brown Room

Bands and action tables from local organizations

2:00-6:00 PM

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Don't Miss These Events!

KSC - NH To National: Divestment & Environmental Solutions

February 23, 2017

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD (not yet confirmed)

11:30 am - bring your lunch!

 

Join ECHO Action NH at Keene State College for a presentation on actions from divestment to marches, online activism and non violent direct action training. All interested students are welcome. Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can judge student interest and how many to expect.

RSVP now!

Stand With Standing Rock: TD Bank Vigils every Saturday in January & February! #DeFundDAPL

January 07, 2017

TD BANK VIGILS

We're letting TD Bank customers know their money is funding the Dakota Access Pipeline and asking them to close their account and move their money to a credit union. Peaceful, non-confrontational.

Would you like to host a vigil in your town? Contact us.

TD Bank, 100 Main Street, Keene, NH

Saturdays: 11:00am-12:00pm

- December 31st

- Every Saturday in January & February

TD Bank, 57 South Street, Milford, NH

Saturdays: 11:00am-3:00pm

- Every Saturday in February

For more details & updates, visit our event page on Facebook.

Civil Disobedience: Nashville Sit-In Campaign

January 12, 2017

LEARNING FROM HISTORY: NASHVILLE SIT-IN CAMPAIGN
Sponsored by NH Sierra Club Chapter (contact for info)
January 12th, 6:45-9:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord (NH)

274 Pleasant St, Concord, New Hampshire 03301


- Recommended for Roaring Brook members and other civil disobedience groups.
- Free & open to the public

On January 12th we will be welcoming longtime organizer and activist Joanne Sheehan for Learning From History:The Nashville Sit-In Campaign. Please see full description on attached
flyer. This Forum began being planned before the election, and couldn't be more of a support to us now as we join together to respond with wisdom up ahead, learning from the experience 
of all those who came before us to organize through their harshest of times.

A wonderful way to go on celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and labor for justice as well.

https://www.facebook.com/events/249256035487062/

Standing with Standing Rock: Ongoing

January 30, 2017

Standing with Standing Rock: Ongoing
Monday, January 30th, 6:45-9pm
Sponsored by NH Sierra Club Chapter (contact for info)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord (NH)

274 Pleasant St, Concord, New Hampshire 03301

We are honored to be welcoming Chief Wompemeequin and Catherine Hoffman to lead an evening of conversation about the faithful witness of the Water Protectors and their allies at Standing Rock.

We will have an opportunity to celebrate this witness, as well as to learn about the ongoing difficult challenges,
and how we can organize to support this movement up ahead.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1391701554198154/

Looking forward to being with you,
LR Berger for Building a Culture of Peace Forum
603-496-1056

* Street parking only.

Jobs, Justice, Climate Rally with 350NH at NH Inauguration

January 04, 2017

ECHO ACTION JOINS 350NH: Jobs, Justice & Climate Rally
NH State House

10:30-11:30 am

Rally for Jobs, Justice & Climate at the NH inauguration of Chris Sununu, who supports #pipelines #RightToWork (for less pay) and the Trump administration's reduction/dissolution of climate legislation/regulations and the EPA.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1535356696492881/

People's Climate March - Washington DC

April 29, 2017

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Standing Rock vigils at TD Banks in NH - Saturdays beginning 12/31/16

December 31, 2016

JANUARY: STANDING ROCK #NoDAPL VIGILS at TD BANKS!
#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife

KEENE, every Saturday, 11-12 (see ECHO Action events).
- West Street branch (larger branch) 
- Main Street Street branch 
- There is a peace vigil at Central Square 12-1 if you'd like to attend!

MEET
Meet at the TD Bank on West Street. Please park safely on the street. If we have enough attendees, we will split up with some of the group going to the Main Street location.

😱 WEAR
- Warm attire in layers including hat and gloves, warm socks and boots.

💧BRING
- Signs/Banners: #NoDAPL, Stand with Standing Rock, Divest From Fossil Fuels, Defund DAPL. 
- Snack
- Warm drink

⚑ INCLEMENT WEATHER: If there is inclement waether, allways check here before leaving home. Use your best judgement for the conditions where you are.

✦ We strongly recommend you follow the weekly event so you will receive any updates to this event, such as time or location changes, additional activities, etc.

➣ Are you interested in supporting a vigil in Peterborough? Amherst? Another NH location? Please let us know!

✌️ All of our events are peaceful, non-violent and weapon-free. If you cannot abide by these expectations, please do not join us. Thank you.

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Scherr or Pat Brady Martin.

NH JOINS THE STANDING ROCK NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

November 15, 2016

NH JOINS THE STANDING ROCK NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
Occupy Army Corps offices - Otter Brook State Park, Keene, NH

We will meet at the entrance of Otter Brook State Park at 7:00 AM and instructions will be given for peaceful action. We need a large turnout to show that NH Stands against Dakota Access Pipeline, not honoring indigenous treaties and sacred burial grounds, the militarized response to peaceful demonstration & extreme response.

** Please share and invite others throughout NH!!! ** 
Join the event page to stay informed on any updates!


★ PEACEFUL, NON-VIOLENT, DRUG & WEAPON FREE EVENT ★

Facebook event page

NH Energy Roundtable Discussion

November 02, 2016

Nashua Public Library

Wednesday, November 2nd, 6:30 pm

 

ECHO Action's Laura Lynch & Anne DiCicco have organized an energy discussion at the Nashua Public Library to inform and engage candidates for office and the public on important issues impacting the Granite State. All are welcome.

 

How can the alternative energy industry,activism and legislature work together to secure a clean, renewable, affordable, and socially just energy future for NH?

 

6:30 - Introductions and speakers - their stake, ideas, experiences, involvement - 5 mins

7:30 - Questions and open discussion.

 

Welcome - Laura Lynch - Candidate

Moderator - Mary Beth Raven

Introductions - Quick Round the room self intros

 

Dan Weeks - Candidate - ?

Pat Martin - Candidate, Volunteer Member Grid Modernization Work Group

Beverly Edwards - Chairman Temple Energy Committee

Steve Marchand - Northern Pass

Scott Lawrence - HAREI,  Hillsborough County Area Renewable Energy Initiative

Stephanie Scherr, ECHO Action - Offshore Wind

Representative - Sierra Club

Shaina Kasper, Toxic Action - Equity in RGGI New England Campaign

Anne - RADNH - Jobs, Justice and Climate Campaign

 

Event information on Facebook.

Portsmouth Halloween Parade

October 31, 2016

Join ECHO Action, 350NH and the Leftist Marching Band in raising awareness about climate change, rising sea level and NH offshore wind! Bring banners! This year's theme is "Under The Sea"!

Peaceful Protest - FERC Commissioner to speak at NH Energy Summit

October 03, 2016

FERC COMMISSIONER CHERYL LA FLEUR TO SPEAK AT NH
ENERGY SUMMIT - SEND HER A MESSAGE ABOUT FRACKING!

Monday, October 3rd, beginning 7 AM

Holiday Inn, Concord, NH

Facebook event.

Visibility Outside NH Energy Summit 2016

October 03, 2016

VISIBILITY OUTSIDE NH ENERGY SUMMIT
Don't Gas The Granite State!

OUTSIDE of the NH Energy Summit 2016
White Birch Communications Group
Monday, October 3, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)
Holiday Inn, Concord, NH

 

Facebook event page.

More Information about the fracked gas push in NH
http://www.echoaction.org/clean-concord-steam

Energy Summit Info
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nh-energy-summit-2016-tickets-26467807926

Northern Pass in NH: First Nations Impact

September 29, 2016

NORTHERN PASS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT IN NH & CANADA: Pessamit Innu First Nation Witness

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Plymouth State University, Boyd Hall, #144

Facebook event page.

Write to the PUC today: No Fracked Gas Expansion In NH!

September 12, 2016

See our blog, "The ECHO" for a sample letter.

 

https://www.puc.nh.gov/Regulatory/Docketbk/2016/16-770.html

Winchester Pickle Festival: "Our Climate's In A Pickle!"

September 24, 2016

WINCHESTER NH PICKLE FESTIVAL
"Our Climate's In A Pickle! Let's all be #FossilFree603!"

10:00-4:00
ECHO Action members are asked to join us for the day in an outreach effort about climate risks, the potential for offshore wind and plans for the Public Utilities Commission to use fracked gas in our state buildings.

12:00 noon
Friends and candidates (may bring their signs) concerned about climate are invited to join us as we march in the Pickle Parade to help raise awareness, express concern and the need for immediate action on climate!!!

THEME
Last year we were, "Pickle Lovers Against Pipelines". This year we're talking about how "Our Climate's In A Pickle!" Come join in the conversation about clean energy solutions for New Hampshire!

#FossilFree603 #LiveFossilFreeOrDie #Not2030Now

- FREE PICKLES ALL DAY!
- Pizza and lots of other food!
- Snacks, candy, baked goods!
- Crafts and all kinds of fun!

 

Our event on Facebook. Winchester Pickle Festival's event on Facebook.

NoDAPL & #DontGasTheGraniteState visibility at NH Primary Polls

September 13, 2016

CALLING ACTIVISTS TO ALL NH PRIMARY POLLING LOCATIONS!

This year's primary is critical and we need you there!

 

Tuesday, September 13th

• National #NoDAPL Day of Action (marches & visibilities nationwide)

• NH primary election day

 

We ask that you gather together people in your town and cover the polling locations for as many hours as possible to do 3 things:

 

1. Hold signs* for progressive candidates in your No Pipeline T shirt, reminding them that pipelines for NH are not yet off the table.

- Vetted progressive candidates at Rights & Democracy NH's website, RADNH.org.

- You will find information about your clean energy candidates at ECHOaction.org.

 

2. Sidewalk chalk your polling place with #DontGasTheGraniteState #NoPipelines #NoDakotaAccessPipeline #NoDAPL (Much of the public does not know what DAPL stands for).

 

3. In a friendly, gentle manner, chat and offer handouts to anyone willing to engage about moving NH to renewable energy and plans the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has for fracked gas in Concord and beyond.*

 

- Don't have a pipeline tee? Wear any clean energy tee and no pipeline button if you have one!

* Printable info handouts will be provided for download on this page later this weekend.

* Bring NO PIPELINE signs & a #NoDAPL

here

Facebook event and sample signs.

NH Offshore Wind Rally

August 25, 2016

NH State House, 1:00 PM

Wear blue!

Bring wave-shaped posters supporting offshore wind!

Roaring Brook Affinity Group Meeting

September 14, 2016

Monthly affinity group meetings may change date and location. Please check our meeting schedule and calendar. Would you like to join our affinity group, but are not trained in civil disobedience? Contact the Sugar Shack Alliance for training information.

Richmond Agricultural Fair

August 20, 2016

Richmond, NH
Roaring Brook Affinity Group: Climate Change & Civil Disobedience
August 20th, 9AM - 2PM, Contact: Sue Durling
https://www.facebook.com/events/575383122633177/

Boston GreenFest

August 20, 2016

International Youth Summit

Contact: Stephanie EarthDancer Scherr
August 20th, 10 AM (GreenFest is All Day Fri, Sat & Sun)
https://www.facebook.com/bostongreenfest/

Roaring Brook Affinity Group Meeting

December 18, 2019

Richmond Fire Station Pavilion,

15 Winchester Road, Richmond NH
August 18th, 6:00 PM, Contact: Sue Durling
CD trained individuals welcome! Contacts us for info about CD training.

Granny D Memorial Walk

August 13, 2016

Dublin, NH

ECHO Action will be there along with members of Ban The Bag New Hampshire!

Sponsored by NH Rebellion
August 13th, 9:30 AM Walk, 11:30 AM Rally
https://www.facebook.com/events/514100825441357/

Cookout with the Candidates

August 05, 2016

Come meet the candidates and ask questions about clean energy & climate!
Hosts: Laura J Lynch & Anne Dicicco
August 5th, 6 PM, Temple NH
https://www.facebook.com/events/1302858116410786/

Launch Party for Community Supported Solar

Saturday, July 23rd from Noon – 3pm

Join us for an opening ceremony, free samples, giveaways, live music from the Solar Sisters, kids activities and more!

Want to know more about hosting a Community Supported Solar project at your organization? CLICK HERE TO RSVP for an info session at 1pm, led by John Kondos of the Monadnock Sustainabilty Network.

 

Are you a Town or State Representative and want to know more about how changing policy can make projects like this more widely achievable in our state? Contact John Kondos for an info session surrounding the celebration.

Monadnock Food Co-op is the host of the first locally owned Community Supported Solar project in New Hampshire. Community Supported Solar is locally developed, funded, owned and controlled, whereas most community solar projects are owned and controlled by developers or utilities.

The 43.5 kW photovoltaic project, was installed by the Keene-based design and installation firm Solar Source, and covers our entire available roof area with solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity. Based on the actual production of the Brattleboro Food Co-op’s PV system, the predicted annual power output of this system is 48,000 kWh per year.

Monadnock Sustainability Network (MSN) managed the two year initiative in collaboration withAntioch University New England (AUNE), a dedicated steering committee of local citizens, and the Co-op’s General Manager, Finance Officer and Sustainability Coordinator. The project will at first be owned by Cypress Community Solar, LLC, a company created specifically to allow a group of local investors to fund it, then sell clean, locally harvested electricity to our Co-op. We, in turn, intend to buy the project outright within the next ten years.

Monadnock Food Co-op pioneered this community supported solar project with Monadnock Sustainabilty Network so others can follow — MSN has developed a model that can be used by others to pursue a locally owned, clean, renewable energy system on their school, CSA, church or other site in their community. If you are interested in hosting a project at your organization, contact John Kondos at MSN or join the network and download their how to guide—NH Community Supported Solar Guide—on your own atwww.greenmonadnock.org.

July 24, 2016

CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE MARCH IN PHILLY? HOW ABOUT KEENE?
Join other citizens concerned about climate and ready for a clean energy revolution at a rally in Keene, NH!

Speakers include:
Councilor Terry Clark, Keene City Council
Danielle Baudrand, #BanTheBagNH

Questions?
For more information contact event organizer Sarah Wilton.
(ECHO Action will be in Philly.)etails here

MARCH FOR A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION IN PHILLY!

July 24, 2016

July 24th, Downtown Philadelphia


Those who represent us were willing put a pipeline through NH and still support Northern Pass. Will you join us in Philly to stand for a fossil-free future? We're planning banners, art and attire! Join us! Don't miss the largest climate, clean energy, inFRACKstructure march ever! Come let our legislators know that they must #ActOnClimate now! Come represent NH and make your voice echo!

 

Plan with us!

 

Facebook event

July 16, 2016

On Spectacle Pond" : Resisting the Pipeline!

Saturday, July 16th, beginning at noon (2 events)

Join us for a celebration of solidarity with Berkshire friends & neighbors fighting the Connecticut Expansion pipeline proposed to run through protected land in the Otis State Forest. This event/action will take place in two locations, and you can link with us, in one location or both. Both events and all activities are free and family-friendly!

12:00pm–1:00pm: Kickoff Rally at Great Barrington Gazebo behind Town Hall on Main Street with music by Bonner McAllester and David Grover, Barbara and Gaham Dean; Pachamama Puppets Children's Theatre will perform their short play, THE WORLD WE LOVE; local speakers active in pipeline resistance will present the latest updates and information on the legislative front. (On and off street parking available, but come early because it will be a very beautiful and busy day in Great Barrington) The program will conclude with a live linkup with our friends and allies in eastern Massachusetts, who will be walking in the 4 day “People Over Pipelines March” in eastern Massachusetts from July 14-18. 

At the conclusion of the program we will organize a carpool down to Lower Spectacle Pond in the Otis State Forest in Sandisfied (twenty minutes away on Cold Spring Rd, off Rt. 23) 

2:00pm–4:00pm: A Celebration of Solidarity rally at Lower Spectacle Pond in the Otis State Forest, with musical guests Ben Grosscup, Kate O'Conner, Bonner McAllester and others. Featured speakers will be Rose Wessel from No Fracked Gas in Mass, Susan Theberge with The Sugar Shack Alliance, and Will Elwell, who defiantly built a 10-by-15-foot post-and-beam cabin inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s 1845 “Civil Disobedience” essay and his cabin at Walden Pond to stand defiantly in the path of Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline.

Lower Spectacle Pond has an ideal beach and boat launch, so we are encourage kayaks and canoers to 'drop off, put in and paddle up' on the pond beginning at noon! Bring an extra kayak or canoe for others!(Parking along one side of Cold Spring Road. Please follow our parking directions when you get to the site to keep things moving and the roads clear)

BACK STORY: Kinder Morgan has proposed the Connecticut Expansion pipeline through NY, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Kinder Morgan intends to take private property and public land by eminent domain. Otis State Forest is public land, constitutionally protected under Massachusetts Article 97. Sandisfield, the community directly impacted has overwhelmingly voted in opposition to this fracked gas pipeline.

JOIN THE STRUGGLE TO OPPOSE ALL NEW PIPELINES IN MASSACHUSETTS! COME TO ONE RALLY OR BOTH!

All events are free, family-friendly, and sponsored by The Sugar Shack Alliance of Massachusetts. 
Co-sponsors include Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT); Sandisfield Taxpayers Opposed to the Pipeline (STOP); Western Mass AFSC; Climate Action Now (CAN); Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley; Sierra Club of Massachusetts; StopNED; The Enviro Show; Collective Copies of Florence.

For more information contact Kathy Daly inothatcat@gmail.com
413-586-4435

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August 18, 2016

he first Hands Across Our Land actions were held on August 18, 2015, and thirty-five communities in 10 states participated. We plan to double, perhaps even triple, that participation in 2016. Hands Across Our Land began in Nelson County, Virginia in 2015 with a grassroots group called, Free Nelson. Co-administrators, Episcopal Priest Marion Kanour, along with Nelson residents Marilyn Shifflett and Sharon Ponton had been fighting in their community to stop the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline for over a year.  Sharon came up with the idea after talking to another local activist, Matt Dwyer, while they were lobbying the General Assembly in Richmond, VA. Sharon solicited the help of other grassroots groups, as well as regional and national coalitions to participate and sponsor the action. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) became an integral partner with Free Nelson. BREDL is now managing the annual Hands Across Our Land campaign. You can find out more about BREDL and the work we're doing by clicking on the BREDL tab at the top of the page. 

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NUNS ON THE BUS RALLY AT NH STATE HOUSE

July 22, 2016

PRE-PHILLY RALLY AT THE STATE HOUSE

"On their way from the RNC to the DNC, the Nuns on the Bus will stop in Concord for a rally focused on closing the gaps that put decent lives and a functioning political system out of reach for too many people.

"Federal policies enacted since 1980 have exacerbated vast economic and social divides in our country. These divides are eroding the very fabric of our society," say the Nuns on the Bus, a project of NETWORK. The good news is that groups in New Hampshire and all over the country are organizing for change.

Join AFSC, GSOP, NH Voices of Faith, United Church of Christ Economic Justice Ministry Team, NH Sisters of Mercy, Stamp Stampede, NH Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, and others welcoming the Nuns on the Bus."

https://www.facebook.com/events/114135489020124/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1467814206819654

NED is DEAD get-together

July 10, 2016

NED IS DEAD open house

Sunday, July 10th
3:00-7:00 PM
McGuire's Sugar Barn
339 Nutting Hill Road, Mason, NH

BYOB
Bring a snack to share

Questions? Call Joe McGuire, the event organizer.
603.878.0000

NH BIA Roundtable Discussions - public meeting

NH Business and Industry Association

Information

NH SIERRA CLUB REGIONAL POLITICAL TRAINING

June 11, 2016

Saturday, Jun 11th

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 

Sierra Club Political Committee - a great opportunity!

National Education Association, 9 South Spring St, Concord, NH 03301

 

Join us in Concord, NH for a one-day political organizing training that will focus on how to take your chapter’s political program to the next level. We will work on building capacity for your program that results in grassroots power. Our emphasis will be on the skills needed to raise money for your chapter PAC, one-on-one contact with our members, and direct engagement with campaigns. This training is for all -- from the political junkie to the occasional activist -- and you will learn the skills that not only win elections, but also our many other environmental campaigns.

The goal at the end of the training is to have the broad strokes of a product that your chapter/group can use to win electoral campaigns, which will aid our efforts to achieve our conservation goals. In the era of super PACs and huge spending on advertisements, grassroots campaigns are going to be the difference between winning and losing. That's why the Sierra Club needs your help to deliver that grassroots power -- RSVP today!

Event details  

June 11, 2016

 

New England Resilience & Transition Network

 

INFORMATION! REGISTER!

 

Saturday, June 11: Resilience, Resistance & Regional Equity Convergence

First Church UU JP, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain
Please enter on the Eliot Street side of the building by 9:30 to register

 

Agenda

9:00 Breakfast & Registration
10:00 – 12:00: Keynote Address with Richard Heinberg, Responses & Q&A
12:00 – 12:45: Lunch
12:45 – 1:40: Say Hello to NERT and Each Other
1:45 – 3:00: Workshops
3:10 – 4:25: Workshops
4:30 – 5:00: Farewell Fiesta and Sending Forth

Workshops

 

Renewable Energy in New England

With Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute and Lynn Benander, Co-op Power

 

Join this workshop to discuss the New England energy scene in more detail, including possibilities for community owned, renewable energy. Richard Heinberg, our keynote speaker, will give more details on the opportunities and challenges in the transition to renewables. Lynn Benander is the CEO and President of Co-Op Power, a consumer-owned sustainable energy cooperative that operates within a regional network of Community Energy Cooperatives. Lynn has worked for many years to support the development of consumer, producer, worker-owned and other locally-owned businesses that meet basic needs for energy, food, and shelter. She will speak about the network of consumer-owned energy co-ops around New England, as well as possibilities for our region’s renewable future.

 

Food Justice and Security in New England

With Karen Spiller, Food Solutions New England

 

How can we achieve food justice and food security for all of New England, especially given climate change and environmental degradation? Food Solutions New England has a vision for a sustainable New England food system that produces 50% of our food within the region by 2060. Join this workshop to learn about their vision and the essential role grassroots groups and community-based agriculture play in achieving it. This is a great chance to consider how our efforts can combine for a greater, region-wide impact.

Resilience & Resistance in New England: Building a Holistic Movement for Justice & Sustainability

With Chuck Collins, moderator, Institute for Policy Studies and JP New Economy Transition; Tim Stevenson, Founding Director at Post Oil Solutions and author of Resilience and Resistance: Building Sustainable Communities for a Post Oil Age; and Marla Marcum, Climate Disobedience Center

“Resilience” and “resistance” are essential complements in a holistic struggle to build an equitable and sustainable society. This workshop will discuss how all our work can benefit when we situate ourselves in this larger framework. The workshop will also include a discussion of the status of the movement to resist pipelines here in New England.

 

Building Resilience Together: Get Support for your Current Work, and Think Together about Collaborative Possibilities

With Ben Roberts, Conversation Collaborative and Sarah Byrnes, New England Resilience & Transition Network

 

Join with other community initiatives to receive support for your community work and think together about how we can be “more than the sum of our parts.” You’ll present a challenge you are experiencing, and receive input and support from your peers. You will also be able to offer input and support to others. We’ll also move into a conversation about what we can do together to enhance resilience, sustainability, and equity. Where are the potential collaborations among us?

 

The New Economy Movement

With Anand Jahi, Program Director at the New Economy Coalition and Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Vermonters for a New Economy

 

What is the new economy? Join this workshop to find out! You’ll hear about a vibrant and growing movement from two leading practitioners in the field. Anand Jahi, Program Director at the New Economy Coalition, will offer framing remarks on the state of this international movement that is building a sustainable and equitable economy at many scales, from local to global. Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Director of Vermonters for a New Economy, will give a picture of how the new economy is taking shape in the great state of Vermont — from local currencies, public banking, and genuine progress indicators to a new field of study that brings it together called Permanomics. Together, we’ll consider how to build the new economy in our communities and the New England region as a whole.

 

The Power of Story for Building Resilience

With Marianne Connor, screenwriter and producer

 

In times of big change, the stories we tell about where we are headed and why it is worth the journey are critical to building community resilience, creativity and commitment. These stories can compel collective, conscious action or paralyze us in fear and powerlessness. Come learn the key elements for developing your community or organization’s transformation story.

 

Marianne Connor is a screenwriter/producer and evolutionary activist who uses the power of story to support communities to step into big change by conscious design in partnership with nature. 

 

Skills for Building Equity: Race and Class in Transition and Resilience Organizing

With Charis Boke, cultural anthropologist, community organizer, and Program Leader with the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice

 

Equity is intrinsic to resilience, and no one is truly resilient until we all are. Resilience and care are deeply connected, and we can’t heal our planet’s challenges without caring attention to people as well as ecologies. It is essential that we address and heal from historical and ongoing injustices in order to build a world where we can all thrive, regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation or anything else. In this workshop, we will explore how we can learn to care for one another as a key part of building resilience. We will consider how our identities impact our community work, and learn approaches for working across difference in order to build multi-racial and cross-class initiatives and work toward an equitable region.

 

Culture Shift: A Social Permaculture Framework for Creating & Cultivating Powerful, Joyful, & Effective Groups

With Samantha Wechsler, Wildwise

 

Innovative and promising initiatives often fall far short of their transformative potential—or are stopped dead in their tracks—not because of a shortcoming inherent to the initiatives or the ideas behind them, but because of conflict within and between groups of people. Even when everyone agrees to a shared vision and believes that they are coming to the table bolstered by the highest of ideals, collaborative efforts often come apart at the seams, leaving people feeling discouraged and betrayed.

In this workshop, we will explore key principles of “social permaculture”, learn skills and tools for creating and contributing to functional and effective groups, and develop a deeper understanding of the role of meaningful cooperation in bringing about a just and equitable transition. Participants, regardless of their level of previous group experience, will come away feeling energized, inspired, and better equipped to (re)commit to collaborative efforts.

 

Samantha Wechsler is the owner of Wildwise, a coaching and consulting business that is dedicated to individual and collective transformation. Samantha provides life and leadership coaching for women executives, entrepreneurs, and changemakers who yearn to make a deeper impact in their personal lives, their work, their communities, or beyond. She also works with organizational teams to increase their effectiveness while building a healthier, more life-affirming culture.

 

Restoring Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Nature’s Plan for Resilience and Transition

With Adam Sacks, Sharon McGregor, Jim Laurie, and Paula Phipps

 

Healthy, biodiverse ecosystems provide clean water, abundant healthy food, solid community economics, climate resilience and massive capture of atmospheric carbon through photosynthesis and long-lived complex biomolecules. There are many viable and sustainable approaches for a range of ecosystems; they are inexpensive, low-tech, powerful and just about anyone can participate. In this interactive workshop we’ll discuss a variety of practices from around the world, and focus on the possibilities in urban, suburban and rural environments in New England.

 

PULPIT FALLS HIKE & CLEAN UP

May 21, 2016

SATURDAY, MAY 21ST

 

12:30 PM - Monadnock area affinity group meeting at the Winchester Town Hall. All regional CD trained activists are welcome.

 

1:30 PM - Hike (trail walk) to Pulpit Falls leaves the Winchester Town Hall at 1:30. There is no marker for the trail head, so meet and follow. Please bring large trash bags and wheeled carts or wheelbarrows if possible. The weather looks wonderful. Come join us for a beautiful walk in the woods! Insect repellent and a hat may be a good idea.

JOIN ECHO ACTION AT THE MARCH FOR A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION!

July 24, 2016

MARCH WITH US IN PHILADELPHIA THIS JULY!

"To Change Everything, We Need Everyone!"

 

ECHO Action members are planning to attend the July 24th march and rally for clean energy in Philadelphia. We are already discussing transportation, possible accommodations, networking with other groups, signs, banners and T shirt designs! 

 

Would you like to join us for what is likely to be the largest clean energy and climate rally in U.S. history? We think it's going to blow away the 2014 massive People's Climate March in NYC. Please let us know if you are interested!

 

Join our CONTACT LIST to receive information about this event.

BREAK FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS RALLY: Albany NY

May 14, 2016

Join ECHO Action at this important mass action in Albany NY against pipelines and oil trains.

For details, view our blog post.

CELEBRATE EARTH WEEK & THE NED PIPELINE SUSPENSION WITH US ON SATURDAY!

April 23, 2016

Come by, say hi and give us a big high five on Saturday at these events! We'll be celebrating the suspension of the Kinder Morgan NED pipeline and promoting renewable energy as we move to a #FossilFree603! We'll have lots of buttons on hand! Help us continue the fight against NED and for renewable energy!

 

MONADNOCK EARTH FESTIVAL

Railroad Square, Keene, 12-4

More than 60 vendors, information tables and family-friendly activities!

 

KEENE STATE COLLEGE SOLAR FEST

KSC Campus in Keene, 11-6

Live Music, Vendors and Fun!

HALT HIKES: Applications now being taken for spring & summer 2016

April 03, 2016

Details and application are here.