November 2011

Continuing a tradition, PSNH will once again contribute to Santa Fund campaigns organized and run by the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Derry News, and the Nashua Telegraph—covering the state’s largest, second largest, and fourth largest communities.

PSNH employees, in support of the New Hampshire Food Bank, are looking to raise $2,250 to feed 150 families during the holidays.

Almost to the day of the first anniversary of the federal filing for The Northern Pass hydroelectric transmission project, the New Hampshire Coalition for Sustainable Energy (NHCSE)—a joint-venture between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Small Business and Small Industry Association (SBSIA)—announced in late October its formation around shared support for the project.

You can see a PSNH transmission substation in just about every community we serve. It’s the mission-critical equipment that serves to reduce incoming transmission line voltage levels down to levels that can be safely used in your home or business. 

Identifying more than 550 New England transmission projects over the past 10 years, a recent ISO New England report says that while infrastructure improvements have enhanced reliability, long-term planning for the regional grid will include such challenges as increased reliance on natural gas, retirement of aging generation sources, and integration of more renewable resources.

From big industry representatives to municipal officials, many of PSNH’s largest commercial and governmental accounts packed the Derryfield Country Club recently for a seminar exploring LED (light-emitting diode) solutions as an energy-saving alternative to traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting in the workplace.

The recently released 2011 New Hampshire Economic Review, published by PSNH’s Economic and Community Development department, indicates the Granite State continues to be an attractive place to locate a business and raise a family. In eight leading economic categories, New Hampshire ranks first in the nation in four of them, including “most livable state” in America.

The annual resource, published on behalf of New Hampshire’s business developers as well as community planners and administrators, contains the most current information, statistics, and trends for promoting and encouraging business development.

PSNH Seeks Recovery of Clean Air Project Costs

Manchester, NH. November 18, 2011 – Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) today filed a Motion with the NH Public Utilities Commission to allow the recovery of costs associated with the company’s Clean Air Project (“Scrubber”) at Merrimack Station on a temporary basis, beginning January 1st, pending the completion of a comprehensive review of the project.

“By setting temporary rates, the Commission could eliminate additional costs that PSNH will have to recover from customers in the future,” noted PSNH spokesman Martin Murray. “This would not prejudge the project. The Commission will ultimately decide the propriety of all costs, and make any necessary reconciliation, but there will be less impact on customers in the future if some costs are recovered beginning January 1.”

With the holidays approaching and football season in full swing, you may be considering purchasing a new flat-screen TV, or a larger computer monitor to enjoy your favorite movies.

Hitchiner Manufacturing Committed to Green Goals

MILFORD, N.H., November 21, 2011 – Hitchiner Manufacturing, an international manufacturing firm headquartered in Milford, New Hampshire, has continued its commitment to company wide “green goals” byrecently installing a new compressed air system, designed to significantly reduce electrical usage, at the company’s Gas Turbine Operation division located in its Milford facility. 

“The savings from improving our air system efficiency, coupled with electric rebates from PSNH made this investment attractive,” said Kim Hutchinson, Engineer and Project Manager for Hitchner Manufacturing. “We focus on projects that improve our operations, lower costs, and provide a good return on capital when possible.” 

Another Record Storm—and Record PSNH Response

CONCORD, N.H., November 30, 2011 – Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) today released a report on the utility’s restoration efforts following the recent October Nor’easter that caused extensive damage to the electrical system and left more than 300,000 New Hampshire homes and businesses without power. PSNH President Gary Long presented the report and discussed the company’s strong performance during a hearing on the storm with the Governor and Executive Council and representatives of other New Hampshire utilities.