State Using PUC and Eversource to Prop up The North Country

by Steve MacDonald May 18, 2017

New Hampshire Business review has an enlightening–though not surprising–article today about how a PUC-approved contract from 2011 requires Eversource customers to prop up the NH timber industry and the Berlin Biomass Plant. It is “probable” that sometime in 2019 customers who buy their electricity from Eversource will have paid $100 million more than necessary since 2014 […]

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GrokTALK! – Taxpayers On The Hook Again?

by Steve MacDonald June 4, 2015
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Taxpayers might be on the hook again as a local utility looks to divest itself of some property (with the legislatures help). Then there’s an election law bill that may make the definition of domicile worse (if you can imagine that). And we take a few shots at UNH because we are talking about domicile. […]

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So, NH State Senator Jeb Bradley is now going to “put it to” NH PSNH ratepayers?

by Skip May 5, 2015

The Public Utility Commission (“PUC”) with their environmental allies who preach “NO COAL!” have had it out for PSNH for years with one tactic after another.  Well, there was a hearing on SB 221 – the PSNH “securitization and divestiture”bill where NH State Senator Jeb Bradley seemingly has his fingers in this pie pretty deeply (ostensibly to be a […]

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While You Were ‘Out’

by Steve MacDonald November 29, 2014
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Huge chunks of NH still don’t have power.  Mine was out from Wed evening until noon today.  Last I heard from PSNH (at least) was that all of their customers would be back by 11pm Sunday night.  Those of you still without power – hang in there. (Those of you working around the clock to […]

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On the altar of Gaia

by Susan Olsen June 11, 2013

And who was it made PSNH do this (additions mine)? “The company invested was forced to dump more than $400 million in unnecessary pollution-control systems that went online in 2011 at the PSNH coal-fired plant in Bow, and would likely be facing substantial losses if it had to sell the plant.” A skeptical person might think […]

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Fairpoint vs PSNH vs The Customer

by Mike June 2, 2013

Whilst I agree with Skip’s premise, that Fairpoint themselves are so bad that they are almost a reason to leave New England, I might be inclined to call this a case of “PSNH Happens”. About two years ago, a fledgling electricity broker, Resident Power, convinced me to sign up for cheaper electricity, delivered over PSNH’s […]

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Why Did We Need RGGI?

by Steve MacDonald January 4, 2013

With the recent approval of significant electric rate increases that will allow PSNH to recover some $67 million dollars a year in costs related to legislated state energy mandates (NH Renewable Standard and the RGGI tax), having this fall into my in-box could not have been more fortuitous. From the journal Earth System Dynamics billed […]

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PUC Approves PSNH Rate Increase – Observe the Democrat’s Circular Green Firing Squad!

by Steve MacDonald December 29, 2012

Back in September PSNH announced that it would need to rasie rates to deal with about 67 million dollars a year in costs associated with RGGI (and other state energy mandates)- a tax (RGGI) that Maggie Hassan was proud of, if you’ve forgotten.   (Grokster Tom also has a nice treatment of those same stories here.) […]

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Hurricane Sandy – NH is out of power

by Skip October 30, 2012

Much worse in other states, to be sure.  But with 1.3 million people in the state, almost a quarter million customers are out of power.  Including many of the Groksters, so consider this your “blogging will be light today” notice. Just from PSNH, a map of their outages: Pray for the folks in along the […]

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The Laundry Bill Comes Due (Bumped)

by Steve MacDonald October 16, 2012

[Bumped: Given that Maggie Hassan is so proud to have sponsored this tax, I figured I’d revisit this post from September 30th] Originally posted September 30th The New Hampshire Sunday News has delivered what can only be called the dropping of the other boot on our necks.  I am referring to the impending rate hike […]

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Good Call, Maggie – Higher Electric Rates for NH

by Tom October 6, 2012

From inception, Maggie “The Red” Hassan has been a strong proponent of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the “Cap and Trade” program that New Hampshire participates in with other northeastern states.  She was instrumental in its 2008 passing and continues to advocate strongly for this nonsensical government swindle. On her campaign website, Maggie declares that […]

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“Not Our Fault, ” Says PSNH CEO Gary Long

by Rick Olson December 2, 2011

“An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey to success when it is made in place of your best effort or when it is used as the object of the blame.” —Bo Bennett  Wednesday, Public Service of New Hampshire President Gary Long went before The Governor and Executive Council and members of the Public Utilities […]

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Your Renewable Future?

by Steve MacDonald April 20, 2010

PSNH, New Hampshire’s largest supplier of electricitiy, is looking to adjust rates to compensate for lost revenue.  They lost the revenue because of decreased usage.  Usage has decreased because of the economy, but that presents us with a real world truth.  The implications of the liberal environmental movement do not match the facts. Enviro-weenies want you to reduce […]

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