Recent Energy Brief News

PSNH customers should be wary of a scam that has involved customers of utilities in other parts of the country and focuses on purchasing “Green Dot” credit cards to avoid service shut-off.

Schiller Station

On Thursday (February 2) at Representatives Hall in Concord, the New Hampshire House Science, Technology and Energy Committee (SCT&E) will conduct a hearing on House Bill 1238, which calls for PSNH to divest all of its fossil, hydro, and biomass power generation assets by December 31, 2013, and requires that PSNH submit a plan for the divestiture by October 15.

PSNH customers should be wary of a scam that has involved customers of utilities in other parts of the country and focuses on purchasing “Green Dot” VISA credit cards to avoid service shut-off.

The new 2012 nhsaves lighting catalog is now available, featuring the latest energy-saving lighting products for homes and businesses.

2012 in Energy

The January issue of Business NH Magazine, featuring its annual Industry Forecast, includes the following insights by PSNH President Gary Long on what lies ahead in 2012 for the New England energy market.

Factors impacting the energy industry in New Hampshire, and all of New England, for 2012 are as significant as they were a year ago:

  • A stagnant economy;
  • The continued low cost and over-supply of natural gas;
  • Fragmented regional and national energy policy that hinders long-term business investment in energy projects.

During a November visit by President Obama to Manchester, PSNH engineers, line workers, and meter readers helped ensure safe travels for Air Force One and other aircraft by changing out the pad-mounted transformer serving Manchester Airport’s (MHT) runway lights. The work was performed near where Air Force One was parked during the President’s visit.

“The runway lights weren’t working correctly, and the source of the problem was a mystery,” says Elizabeth LaRocca, Southern Division community relations manager. PSNH account executive Craig Trottier explains that, “Coincident with the [October] snowstorm, the airport’s runway lights would no longer perform to specification. This caused the airport to run the lights on generator—obviously, an unacceptable condition for the airport and the FAA.”

PSNH President and Chief Operating Officer Gary Long, along with leaders of New Hampshire’s other electric utilities, met with the Governor’s Executive Council recently to discuss the restoration efforts following the October Nor’easter.

chill day spa

When thinking of the types of businesses ripe for energy efficiency upgrades, a day spa likely does not come to mind. But as Chill Day Spa owner Crissy McQuade recently discovered, the savings from energy-efficient lighting adds up quickly, even in the day spa business.

ISO New England, operator of the region’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets, expects that the six-state region will have sufficient resources to meet demand this winter.

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.