Retail electricity in New Hampshire: Buyer Beware

But New Hampshire’s electric customers have paid dearly for restructuring – by my rough count, about $1 billion in so-called “stranded” costs.  This money went to the former monopoly utilities to make them whole after being forced to sell off their generation assets to companies like Exelon.

Justice Souter Is Still a Ratepayer’s Rock Star 30 Years Later in PSNH Case

The date was August 5, 1988.  Public Service Company of New Hampshire (PSNH) had recently declared bankruptcy, the first electric utility in the U.S. to do that since the Great Depression.  The crushing debt and massive cost overruns associated with the Seabrook nuclear power plant had sucked PSNH dry.

Decoupling: Not Just for Unhappy Spouses, But Utilities, Too

So if you were looking to pay someone to promote the benefits of replacing beef with brussels sprouts, Five Guys would not be on your short list.  And, yet, when it comes to ratepayer-funded energy efficiency, we’re doing the equivalent of paying Five Guys to persuade people to eat fewer hamburgers.

Subsidy Season at State House For Wood-Burning Plants?

Nine hundred good jobs are at stake, co-sponsors told the House Committee on Science, Technology and Energy Committee last Wednesday at the hearing on Senate Bill 446.  Representative Herb Richardson (R- Lancaster) thinks the total is more like 1,500.

Northern Pass on the Brink: A Ratepayers’ Lament

NH’s consumer advocate weighs in on Northern Pass. “If you dislike Northern Pass, you should dislike ‘New England Clean Energy Connect’ even more.  That’s CMP’s rival project – which would, if built, do to pristine areas in Maine’s rural Franklin and Somerset counties exactly what Northern Pass would do to similar locations in the Granite State.”

Our electricity grid gives us a wake-up call in NH

Power to the People: What happens at dawn when the power goes out at the home of New Hampshire’s consumer advocate, the man who represents the interests of residential utility customers before the Public Utilities Commission? And it’s wicked cold.