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NH’s Draft 10-Year Transportation Improvement Plan Issued
February 16, 2018
Due to financial constraints, New Hampshire’s draft 10-year Transportation Improvement Plan projects fewer miles of sound roadway and more structurally deficient bridges in 2028 than exist now. NHDOT calculates that another $54 million per year is required to sustain the share of state roads in good and fair condition at current levels and reduce the number of bridges in poor condition.
Kuster Advocates for Northern Border Regional Commission
February 12, 2018
With bipartisan support, U.S. Congresswoman Annie Kuster is urging the Trump Administration to include funding for the expiring Northern Border Regional Commission in the upcoming Farm Bill. Created in 2008, the Northern Border Regional Commission’s mission to help alleviate economic distress and encourage job growth in the northern regions of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Since it was founded, NBRC has awarded more than 50 grants totaling over $10 million.
Communities and Consequences II: Solutions for a State at Risk
February 10, 2018
The authors of the influential 2008 book “Communities & Consequences: The Unbalancing of New Hampshire’s Human Ecology and What We Can Do About It” are teaming up again to address New Hampshire’s worsening demographics dilemma. The group is currently looking to secure funding for the project, which will seek to inform New Hampshire citizens about actions they can take to help restore the state’s human ecology.
Reminder: The 24th Annual Spring Planning and Zoning Conference will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.
Concord ZBA Hears, Tables Massive Solar Farm Proposal
February 8, 2018
A variance application that would allow a 54-acre, 10-MW solar farm in Concord was tabled due to questions concerning whether solar panels are considered an impervious surface.
Massachusetts Seeks Path Forward After Northern Pass Defeat
February 8, 2018
In one example of the fallout from last week’s SEC denial, Massachusetts regulatory officials have recently asked the companies that would distribute Northern Pass power whether they wish to continue negotiating over Northern Pass or look to another suitor for the contract. Massachusetts’s urgency is driven by, in part, a state mandate for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and the need to replace expiring energy sources.
U.S. Solar Industry Loses Almost 10,000 Jobs in 2017
February 7, 2018
While solar proposals and related issues are increasing locally, the US solar industry lost almost 10,000 jobs last year, according to the Solar Foundation’s Annual National Solar Jobs Census. Despite 2017 job losses, overall solar employment is expected to resume growth next year.