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Grading remediated

A cooperative environmental project involving PSNH, parent company Northeast Utilities (NU), the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, and officials from the City of Keene has reached the finish line after a seven-year marathon.

Each year since 1992, the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park in Rye has welcomed nearly 70,000 families and students who can enjoy a hands-on learning experience about New Hampshire’s coastal environmental history. This month, the Center celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala dinner, and PSNH President Gary Long was proud to represent the company as the Center’s first corporate sponsor.

water faucet

Behind the scenes of the everyday business of providing reliable electricity, PSNH and its employees are active supporters and participants of initiatives that are important to the communities of New Hampshire and our way of life. Two of those focus areas are education support—in particular, tomorrow’s leaders in science, engineering, and math—and stewarding our natural resources.

By Elizabeth LaRocca, Southern Div. Community Relations

Steve Fuller

When Steve Fuller, PSNH’s new manager of Safety and Health, moved out of his parents’ house when he was 17 and moved into the Bellows Falls, Vermont firehouse, he had visions of one day becoming a full-time professional firefighter. But the voice of an influential friend, a change of course while at college, and an impressionable internship with a PSNH veteran changed everything.

historic log books

Hundreds of years removed from the white noise hum of the 21st century HVAC system at PSNH’s Energy Park headquarters in Manchester, echoes of a simpler yet much noisier time when the site was part of the sprawling Amoskeag Manufacturing Company are noted in three historic log books that were retrieved by a former employee of the Manchester Steam Plant before its closure in 1981.

By Elizabeth LaRocca, Southern Div. Community Relations

Dealing with damage left in the wake of a major storm is a big part of PSNH’s power restoration efforts. One of the most significant challenges in recent years occurred last August when Tropical Storm Irene not only downed trees and limbs, it also washed out roads and left behind tons of debris from overflowing streams and rivers.

New Hampshire’s long and cold winters can mean increased energy costs for many residents and businesses, but energy efficiency incentives offered by PSNH through the nhsaves@work New Equipment and Construction program is helping the newly opened Idlehurst Elementary School in Somersworth save thousands of energy dollars annually.

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 final phase of a multi-year cleanup of coal tar remnants from an historic manufactured gas facility in Keene was nearing its targeted completion date of late fall—but then along came Irene. Flooding conditions associated with Tropical Storms Irene and Lee threw a curve ball to project workers, delaying completion until 2012.