John Hofmeister- Alternative Energy

By Grant Bosse on August 1, 2013
This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series LFDA Podcast

John Hofmeister is the former President of Shell Oil, and founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy. He addresses a forum at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library at St. Anselm College on the need to explore alternative energy sources.

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Changes in Greenhouse Gas program are all about money

By Grant Bosse on February 19, 2013


Five years in, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative isn’t working out the way its supporters said it would, and they want to make drastic changes to the program in order to get state revenues flowing again.

When New Hampshire entered into the ten state compact in 2008, the economy was on the verge of recession. One minor benefit of our half-decade in the economic doldrums is that it mitigated the impact of the RGGI program on ratepayers. The program has had absolutely no effect on the environment, but it has done so while costing much less than it could have.

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No sign of life in RGGI Auctions

By Grant Bosse on September 10, 2012

(NEW YORK, NY) For the ninth consecutive time, the price for carbon allowances under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative failed to rise above the floor price. The 17th Quarterly Auction held by the nine-state emissions compact generated nearly $47.5 million, but over a third of the allowances went unsold as demand has remained weak for well over two years.

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By Grant Bosse on August 22, 2012
This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series AGENDA 2012

Energy is on the minds of New Hampshire voters every time they pay their electric bill. Reporter Grant Bosse looks at some of the state policies that could raise or lower those bills as we continue WGIR and NH Watchdog’s series Agenda 2012.

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Grant, Paul, and RGGI

By Grant Bosse on June 15, 2012

Grant Bosse and Paul Westcott discuss the latest carbon auction under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and try to figure out why the auction price hasn’t climbed above the artificial floor in two full years. Listen to NH Watchdog on The Paul Westcott Show Friday mornings at 7:20 on AM610 WGIR and 96.7 The Wave, through the I Heart Radio ap, or online at

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RGGI demand won’t rebound

By Grant Bosse on June 13, 2012

(NEW YORK, NY) The RGGI market isn’t getting off the floor. Auction prices for carbon allowances in the northeastern compact has been at or below the minimum reserve for two full years, and the number of bidders participating in RGGI has dropped to just a quarter of what it used to be.

The latest quarterly auction, held last week, sold just 53% of the available allowances put up for sale by the nine states that remain in RGGI. Bidders bought 20.9 million of the 36.4 million allowances on the auction block at the reserve price of $1.93 each, netting just over $40 million in revenue. Since the program’s inception in 2008, the RGGI program has generated just over $1 billion from selling the rights to emit carbon dioxide from fossil-fueled power plants, the cost of which is ultimately borne by ratepayers across the Northeast.

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Would you pay more for renewable power? (You already do.)

By Grant Bosse on May 14, 2012


With so much partisan sniping in modern politics, it’s heartening to find an issue where Republicans and Democrats in the New Hampshire Legislature agree. They don’t think your electric rates are high enough.

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NH Watchdog Poll- Renewable Energy Mandates

By Grant Bosse on May 11, 2012

This week, the House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee amended a Senate bill expanding the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards program. The amended version pars back the expanded biomass mandates and lowers the cost of alternative compliance penalties so that the program won’t cost ratepayers any more than the current law, which has cost $47 million over its first three years. What do you think?

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NH Watchdog on WGIR- Renewable Energy

By Grant Bosse on May 10, 2012

Grant Bosse and Paul Westcott discuss a move to expand New Hampshire’s renewable energy mandates, differences between the House and Senate bills, and the potential cost to ratepayers. Tune into the Paul Westcott Show at 7:20am on AM610 WGIR, 96.7 The Wave, through the I Heart Radio ap, or online at

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Josiah Bartlett Report- Test Scores, RGGI, and Mega Millions

By Grant Bosse on April 11, 2012

Grant Bosse reports that 1/3 of NH high school students aren’t proficient in math, the NH House is considering an increase in the state’s renewable power mandates while putting more carbon credits on the RGGI auction block, and the state hits a $2 million Mega Millions jackpot.

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