utility poles

How does the power get to my home?

We all see the power lines in our neighborhoods and on our way to work every day, but where do they go—and where do they come from?

Electricity generated from PSNH starts at one of our 13 power plants. We have three fossil fuel-fired generating plants, one wood-burning unit, and nine hydroelectric facilities.

Combustion turbines

During the current cold spell, all of PSNH’s generation facilities are being called on to help keep the lights on here in New Hampshire and around New England. The company’s state-regulated power plants, which include biomass, coal, oil, combustion turbines, and nine hydroelectric facilities, are helping to generate up to 1,150 megawatts of electricity to the power grid.

As noted yesterday, this included combustion turbines at Merrimack Station:

PSNH this week updated its forecasted 2014 Energy Service Charge. 

The N.H. Public Utilities Commission will hold hearings later this month to determine what actual adjustment to the current rate may be necessary. The PSNH default energy service charge is typically adjusted each January 1st to reflect the actual cost of producing or purchasing the energy required to meet customer demand.

natural gas

In a recent New York Times article, reporter Matthew Wald takes an in depth look at the recent volatility in natural gas prices and the impact it has had on electricity prices in New England’s energy market.

Eggs in a Basket

Concerns over New England’s over-dependence on natural gas as an energy source, and for developing a diverse fuel supply to ensure the region’s energy security—critical issues for New Hampshire’s business and economic development future—have recently been prominent in the news, including today’s front page article in the Union Leader that gives a distinctly New Hampshire perspective on the broader picture portrayed in similar articles published in the

Electric Meter

Energy Service Charge Decreased five percent

Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) has updated its filings with the NH Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a series of rates adjustments on July 1st, including a reduction in the Energy Service charge. Hearings on these filings are scheduled to begin next week.