The Staff of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission released a prelminary status report yesterday regarding the future of PSNH's power plants. The company posted the following statement in response to the preliminary staff report:

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:

Public Service of New Hampshire, the state’s largest electric utility, has responded to a recent study report by the staff of the N.H. Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which focused on the ownership of the company’s state-regulated power plants.

Our viewpoint:

The Staff of the NH Public Utilities Commission late on Friday June 7 issued a study report that questions the economic benefit of PSNH continuing to own and operate state-regulated power plants.

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

Ray MacWhinnie

Students in UNH’s Engineering Technology program recently presented a certificate and plaque to Ray MacWhinnie, senior engineer at PSNH’s Merrimack Station, for his and the station’s support and contributions to the program over the years. Most recently, MacWhinnie has worked closely with UNH interns Tom Provencher and Merritt Elmore, serving as Provencher’s internship sponsor and as sponsor of Elmore’s senior project.

Merrimack Station

The installation of a "scrubber" has significantly reduced mercury and sulfur emissions at Merrimack Station in Bow, according to a progress report recently filed by Public Service of New Hampshire with the NH Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

Schiller Station

The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted today to table HB 1238 by an overwhelming margin of 304-19. By tabling the bill, the House effectively is killing HB 1238 for now, though the issue could return later in the legislative session if the Science, Technology & Energy committee opts to amend a Senate bill. Stay tuned for future updates as the legislative session progresses as your help may be needed again.

Eastman Falls Hydro Station

PSNH’s Hydro Generation division logged another successful year in 2011, finishing 7 percent ahead of its long-term average of generation output. PSNH owns and operates nine hydroelectric facilities throughout New Hampshire. These 100 percent renewable energy resources combine to produce 65 megawatts of electricity for PSNH customers.