Ask Gov. Sununu About Offshore Wind


If our state is going to hit 100% renewable energy we are going to need offshore wind.  The first step in bringing offshore wind to any state is requesting a task force from the federal government (because offshore wind farms are technically in federal waters). Only the governor can request a task force. We have been pushing for Governor Sununu to request this task force since 2016. Here is a quick history:

  • In the Summer of 2016 then candidate Sununu said he would move forward if there was community support.
  • From February of 2017 to March of 2018 we worked with 20 cities and towns to pass resolutions and warrant articles urging the Governor to move forward on offshore wind.
  • In April of 2018 over 100 people delivered letters from the twenty towns that passed resolutions, legislators, and businesses to the Governor.
  • Since then we haven’t heard a peep from the Governors’ office about offshore wind, even after repeated request.

Take Action

In October and November Gov. Sununu will be on the campaign trail trying to win votes. This is a huge opportunity to confront the governor directly about offshore wind.

Upcoming Governor Appearances


Interning with 350NH

5 reasons to Intern with 350NH:
  • HUB Meetups
    • You get to meet great people with great ideas in a comfortable environment, discuss and execute actions that can make real change, while also having fun and eating free, homemade food, can’t go wrong here.
  • Making a Difference in your Local Community
    • How many times have you seen your local leaders and elected officials make terrible decisions devoid of any common sense? Interning with 350NH is a great way to rally community support to bring real action to important issues in your community.
  • The Lounge in the Office
    • Who doesn’t want to do their work in an enormous bean bag chair? No need to elaborate on this one.
  • Great Networking Opportunities
    • During my time here I have met some really cool people from all sorts of backgrounds. Whether they are politicians, scientists, activists, business owners, community leaders or just good people in general, I have made more connections this past summer than I have in awhile.
  • Helpful and Fun Coworkers
    • You won’t have to worry about complaining about your boss or peers after a long day, which is pretty hard to say about some workplaces. The people in the office space are awesome to be around and great to bounce ideas off of or answer questions if you have them.

 On a typical lecture day in my Advanced Topics in Sustainable Energy course, two 350NH members dropped in to propose volunteer opportunities with the organization. This turned into an alternative option for the final project of the class and I jumped on the opportunity to work with 350NH during the fall semester.

This summer, I was looking for an in-depth and hands on experience revolving around climate action and sustainable energy sources and I decided to do an internship with 350NH.  This decision resulted in one of the most refreshing atmospheres I have experienced in a long time. After being surrounded by negativity and hopelessness regarding climate change and other environmental issues for so long, finding a passionate organization dedicated to solving these problems has been a breath of fresh air.

Over the past few months I have had great opportunities that I otherwise would not have experienced. I picked the brains of multiple candidates, from Mindi Messmer to Steve Marchand and I met groundbreaking scientists and engineers, such as Dr. Habib Dagher, P.E., who has been developing floating offshore wind turbines at the University of Maine. These experiences have been fascinating, but the smaller tasks undertaken at 350NH have been equally as important to me. Organizing events, personal and social media outreach, behind the scenes projects and community interaction and involvement have all been growing experiences.

Although it is bittersweet to move on from this internship, I have taken a lot from my time at 350NH and plan to continue the good fight for climate action and more. To anyone who is thinking about volunteering or interning with 350NH, you will find yourself surrounded by great people doing great work, so I say go for it.  

-Dylan Reed


Invisible Hand Film Screening and Discussion

Residents throughout New Hampshire have not been asked if they want more fossil fuel infrastructure but that hasn’t stopped Liberty Utilities from coming into our communities and pushing the Granite Bridge Pipeline on us. Sadly, the Granite Bridge story is a common one. People all across the country are not asked if they want the corporate harm that is permitted in their communities. But we’re all standing up to protect our homes and claim our rights. Join Citizen Action for Exeter’s Environment’s pre-release film screening of Invisable Hand and a discussion afterwards with Thomas Linzey, the executive director of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).

Narrated by award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo and directed by the alarming, award-winning filmmakers Joshua B. Pribanic and Melissa A. Troutman, Invisable Hand takes you inside the struggle behind the curtain of our daily economy to reveal a new future for democracy and Nature. ‘Rights of Nature’ becomes “capitalism’s one true opponent.”

Join Exeter residents of the  INVISIBLE HAND — followed by Q&A with Thomas Linzey, executive director of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). If you plan on attending please RSVP below.

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Public Comment Hearing: Protect the Bay From Eversource

Eversource wants to run transmission cables we don’t need through Little Bay. If approved this project will stir up decades of nasty chemicals that have settled in on the bottom of the bay. This upcoming public comment hearing will be one of the last chances we have to stop the project from going forward.

If enough people sign up to speak at the hearing more public comment hearings will be scheduled. This helps delay the process and makes the project more expensive for Eversource To sign up email and include your name, the city or town where you live, your position on the proposed project, and whether you require any special accommodations or if you have a particular request or limitation regarding the schedule.

More information on the project from frontline fighters:

Eversource wants to replace the standard wood poles in Durham, not used since the 1990s, with a new 115 kV transmission line on huge ‘weathering’ metal poles (rust-colored) three times taller than the poles there now. The poles will be taller than the trees because the easement through Durham is narrow. The lines will follow the railroad track from Madbury through UNH to the Mill Road substation on the north side of Mill Road by the bridge over the railroad track.

The two 100 foot poles next to Mill Road will be on the north and south sides of Mill Road by that railroad bridge. The line will follow the tracks south through Foss Farm to the Bennett Road substation where it turns east, paralleling the north side of Bennett Road through the Beaudet and Moriarty Farms conservation land to the Moriarty farmhouse on the north corner of Bennett Road and Newmarket Road. From there it continues east, crossing Newmarket Road, Timber Brook Lane, Cutts Road, Ffrost Drive and Sandy Brook Road. Then it continues east through the conservation land north of Longmarsh Road, crossing the town-owned Langmaid Farm, until it almost hits Durham Point Road. There it turns southeast, crossing the east end of Longmarsh Road, then Durham Point Road further south between the Gsottschneider and Hoffman houses. At Durham Point Road the east pole is 103 feet high and visible from this designated Scenic Road, then the line crosses the field opposite the Hoffman house and reaches Little Bay between the Getchell and Miller houses, close to the bald eagle nest.

At the shore the transmission line goes underground. Eversource plans to jet plow (power blast with a high pressure water jet attached to a large triangular grapnel) 3 trenches 42” deep in the floor of Little Bay for 3 separate cables; this will require jet plowing three times across the floor of Little Bay. After the cable is laid in Little Bay there will be 3 sets of 25 large concrete slabs laid on the mudflats on each side of the bay to cover the cable for 200 feet out from the shore. These overlapping slabs will be visible, each slab weighs 6,000 pounds.

The electric line easement through town is 100 feet wide but the trees have grown in, because the lines were dead and the power company did not bother to maintain the easement. Eversource plans to clear cut the full 100 foot width, cutting back 20-30 feet of trees on both margins of the easement. Some transmission line poles will be a double-H type, but most poles will look like the pole shown below, except taller by 20 to 30 feet. Heavy equipment will be used on town roads and all over the easement corridor including cement trucks, mobile cranes, flatbed tractor trailers, metal-tracked stone drilling rigs, dump trucks and mechanized tree felling and log hauling equipment. The DES Alteration of Terrain Permit application filed by Eversource shows 1,100 cubic yards of bedrock will be blasted and removed.

The Durham Historic Association effort has been focused on preservation of the historic resources crossed by the easement, including 66 stone walls, the Smart-Pinkham-Mathes granite quarries, 2 cellar holes, 4 burial sites, 2 Class VI town roads dating from the 1680s, and the 10 foot granite slab bench used by workers at the quarry.

We need all residents to speak out against this project at the official public hearing at Pease Tradeport on October 11th from 4 pm to 7 pm. This when the Site Evaluation Committee (who decides whether to issue the permit Eversource needs) will find out what the residents of Durham think about this proposed high voltage transmission line. If the public input is weak, the Committee will think the people of Durham support this project. People who are willing to say something, even for just a few minutes, are needed. Sign up is needed because additional hearing dates will be scheduled if warranted (as happened for the Northern Pass project, which the Site Evaluation Committee rejected last February). Even people who cannot speak in public are needed to attend the hearing to show support for the people who are willing to speak out against these transmission lines. All electric lines now in town are low voltage distribution lines carrying electricity to houses. The Eversource plan is about a new high voltage Transmission line carrying electricity through Durham to somewhere else, ultimately to benefit greater Boston. The DHA and other official interveners cannot speak at this hearing – the Site Evaluation Committee wants to evaluate resident reaction to the proposed construction of transmission lines through Durham.

A typical 115 kV transmission line pole for the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project, built in 2017 through Pelham, Windham, Hudson and Londonderry. That utility easement is 350-550 feet wide and carries multiple transmission lines so residents did not care about the addition of one more transmission line – that section of their towns was already ruined.