Press Release

Right of Way Trimming Begins in August

Manchester, NH (July 18, 2014) – As part of scheduled maintenance work and in an effort to improve reliability, Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) will trim and clear an existing power distribution right of way that runs from the Lost Nation substation in Groveton to West Stewartstown. The right of way also passes through the communities of Stratford, Columbia, and Colebrook.

Durgin and Crowell Lumber Recognized as “State Champion” of Energy Efficiency

MANCHESTER, N.H. (June 24, 2014) – Public Service of New Hampshire customer Durgin and Crowell Lumber Company has been recognized by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) for its outstanding efforts to advance energy efficiency. The company, based in Springfield, New Hampshire, was named a 2014 “Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency” and “Business Leader State Champion” at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit held recently in Newport, Rhode Island.

PSNH nominated Durgin and Crowell Lumber for the NEEP awards after working with the company on a number of projects aimed at utilizing energy more efficiently to reduce overall consumption and costs.

Durgin and Crowell

Collins Named PSNH Media Specialist

MANCHESTER, N.H. (June 20, 2014) – Public Service of New Hampshire has named Lauren Collins Media Specialist. In that role, Collins will be responsible for media relations and serving as a company spokesperson. She assumes the role held by Michael Skelton, who was recently named to head the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

PSNH Requests Overall Rate Reduction

Manchester, NH (June 16, 2014) – A reduction in overall rates for Public Service of New Hampshire customers is expected beginning July 1st. PSNH has asked regulators to make a series of adjustments to various charges. If all of the requested changes are made, an average residential customer will see a monthly bill reduction of about three-tenths of a percent.

PSNH’s charges are set by state regulators to reflect the company’s actual costs. In its recent filing with the NH Public Utilities Commission, PSNH has requested reductions in its Distribution, Transmission, and Stranded Cost Recovery charges, and a slight increase in its Energy Service charge—to reflect higher energy costs experienced during the winter period.

PSNH Prepares for Summer Spikes, Seasonal Storms

Manchester, NH (June 9, 2014)—With summer nearly upon us, Public Service of New Hampshire is letting customers know the company is prepared for the annual spike in electricity use and onset of seasonal storms that come with the hot weather. As increasing temperatures prompt heightened use of air conditioning in homes and businesses, demand for electricity across New England is historically at its highest during the summer months. And, with hurricane season officially here, this is also the time of year when more frequent storms could pose a threat to the electric grid.

PSNH Provides July Rate Estimate

Manchester, NH (May 2, 2014) –Public Service of New Hampshire today filed with state regulators its estimate of rate adjustments that may be necessary on July 1st. The company is not now requesting a change but, based primarily on volatile energy market costs, an increase of about two percent to average overall rates is anticipated.

The company is forecasting an Energy Service rate of 9.98 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) effective July 1st, compared to its current Energy Service rate of 9.23 cents/kWh. The anticipated change in the Energy Service rate is due mainly to higher energy market prices experienced during the recent winter months, and the forecast of higher market prices for the remainder of the year. The anticipated Energy Service rate increase will be somewhat offset by an expected decrease in the company’s Stranded Cost Recovery Charge.

NH Energy Efficiency Programs Earn National Recognition

Manchester, NH (April 3, 2014) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Public Service of New Hampshire and the other New Hampshire Electric and Gas Utilities with its 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for outstanding contributions to reducing energy use by delivering energy efficiency information and services to their customers. 

PSNH Power Plants Produce $115 Million in Customer Savings this Past Winter

MANCHESTER, NH (March 25, 2014) – The energy from Public Service of New Hampshire’s power generation facilities during the past winter was produced at a cost that was $115 million less than energy sold through the region’s wholesale energy marketplace. That marketplace experienced significant volatility during the winter months, when the price of natural gas rose as its supply tightened.

Joseph Purington Named PSNH Vice President

Manchester, NH (March 24, 2014) – Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) has named Joseph Purington as Vice President of Electric Operations. In this newly created position, Purington will oversee the operation of PSNH’s electric distribution and transmission systems across the company’s service territory.

Purington brings more than 25 years of utility industry experience to PSNH, most recently serving as the Director of Electric Distribution at Central Maine Power (CMP). In that role, Purington managed CMP’s energy control center, oversaw all transmission and distribution system operations, and led large-scale emergency power restoration efforts.

PSNH Preparing for Storm

Manchester, NH (March 12, 2014) – Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) is keeping an eye on the weather forecast and preparing for the possibility of power outages associated with a storm that promises to deliver a variety of elements. The storm will impact the state overnight Wednesday and into Thursday, and is expected to include gusting winds and a mix of rain, sleet, ice, and snow.
The latest forecast is calling for the storm to begin today as rain in southern portions of the state, snow in the north, and a mixture in between. All areas of the state are expected to experience snow overnight. Wind gusts in excess of 40 miles per hour are anticipated in southern areas of the state. Icy conditions are expected Thursday as the storm pulls away and temperatures drop, resulting in a ‘flash freeze’ on roadways and sidewalks.