August 2011

Whether self-employed, a telecommuter, or on a flexible work schedule, you are among the increasing number of people who are working from home these days—a day here and there, or all five business days a week. While working from home saves energy and time by cutting down on your daily commute, it may increase your home energy bill if you don’t follow some simple steps.

The late July heat wave, combined with high humidity, pushed New England’s high-voltage power system to near-record levels, according to ISO New England—the independent not-for-profit corporation that administers the regional power grid.

A recent report by ISO New England finds that older power generators, particularly oil-fired units, are cause for concern when it comes to future regional power resource performance and flexibility during times of critical need, such as the sudden loss of a transmission line.

Recently, PSNH contributed a grant to the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains for a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program to help address the growing need for STEM education initiatives for girls in grades 4 through 8.

National Grid and Bangor Hydro Electric Company recently filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to allow them to negotiate an agreement with First Wind, a wind generation developer proposing to build a 1,000 megawatt (MW) facility in central Maine. A successful purchase power agreement with First Wind could lead to the construction of the Northeast Energy Link (NEL), a 230-mile High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) underground transmission line from First Wind’s facility in central Maine through New Hampshire and into Massachusetts.

Participants in PSNH’s EarthSmart Green Rate program over the first half of 2011 continued to boost renewable energy initiatives in the state while helping to remove significant quantities of carbon dioxide from the environment.

For PSNH’s vegetation management program, trimming limbs, removing decaying trees, and mowing rights-of-way to ensure electric service reliability are all part of a day’s work. Making an extra effort to help trees grow seems counterproductive, but that is the company’s mission when it comes to the American Chestnut tree—a one-time abundant hardwood in the Appalachian forests that has been virtually wiped out by blight.

With its New Hampshire roots going back to the turn of the 20th century, PSNH is celebrating the 85th year of its corporate founding by presenting 85 New Hampshire non-profit organizations with a cash donation.

Throughout its history, PSNH has nurtured an employee culture of giving back to the community through volunteerism and active support of non-profit organizations that provide vital services to those in need or enrich our state through the arts and education.

September has been designated National Preparedness Month, and the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC), in partnership with the City of Manchester, has developed the Southern New Hampshire Region Community Preparedness Program (SNHRCPP).

HG Wood Saws Off Energy Waste

BATH, N.H., August 18, 2011 – HG Wood Inc., a Bath, NH sawmill, is taking advantage of available energy efficiency programs to reduce costs and lower its greenhouse gas emissions.

“This investment will boost efficiency, save energy, and lower costs all at the same time,” said Robert Burns, COO at HG Wood. With the help of the NH Saves @ Work New Equipment & Construction Rebate Program, HG Wood installed of a new oil-injected rotary screw compressor. The new efficient compressor will save energy and also remove approximately 6729 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Be Prepared for Likely Power Outages

Manchester, NH****Customers of Public Service of New Hampshire are urged to prepare for the possibility of power outages associated with Hurricane Irene.  PSNH is already taking precautionary steps to deal with what could be a significant restoration effort. The company on Thursday issued an internal emergency advisory, a signal to employees to review their emergency plans and checklists and to anticipate a multiple day restoration effort.