Coal-Free New England 2020

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A Quest for Clean Air
by John Kassel

I’d like to introduce you to two CLF members who are making a difference for people and communities in New England. Tiffany Mellers is a working mom and Army reservist who lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the shadow of Bridgeport Harbor Station, a coal- and oil-burning power plant that has been polluting that city for…

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CLF’s Case Against PSNH’s Coal Plant for Clean Air Act Violations Moves Forward
by Christophe Courchesne

Yesterday, CLF won a resounding early victory in our 2011 federal lawsuit against Merrimack Station, Public Service of New Hampshire’s (PSNH) coal-fired power plant in Bow, for blatant violations of the federal Clean Air Act. The impetus for our suit dates back to 2008 and 2009, when PSNH made major upgrades to Merrimack Station that allowed…

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“No supportable basis for optimism” and “ever higher costs”: PUC Staff calls out PSNH’s failed business model
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

This past Friday, staff from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and The Liberty Consulting Group issued the results of their investigation (PDF) into the impacts of PSNH’s failing business model and “ever higher costs” to consumers. The Union Leader and NHPR were quick to quote the report’s damning conclusion: In summary, the situation looks…

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Dark Days Ahead: The Financial Future of Brayton Point
by Shanna Cleveland

Just how much financial trouble is Dominion facing at its 50-year old coal and oil-fired power plant? The prospects are bleak and looking worse. For years, people have assumed that the largest coal-fired power plant in New England could weather any storm, but the numbers show that Brayton Point is facing dark days, and the…

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Who Will Clean Up PSNH’s Mess?
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

The massive drag on New Hampshire’s economy caused by PSNH’s continued operation of the uneconomic and obsolete Merrimack Station and Schiller Station coal-fired units—extracting hundreds of millions per year in above market costs for its shareholders—is spiraling out of control, and several recent developments at the NH Public Utilities Commission raise troubling questions about what…

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Update: PSNH Death Spiral Continues
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

The data don’t lie. In line with the trends we’ve been warning about for years, PSNH’s coal-fired business model is in free fall: Residential and small business customers continue to flee PSNH’s dirty, increasingly expensive energy service. Over the past year the number of residential energy customers in New Hampshire who purchased energy service from…

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PSNH’s Coal Plants “Win” a Dirty Dozen Award: Their Dim Future Becoming Clear
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

For the past 25 years, Toxics Action Center has been “awarding” New England’s worst polluters with the dubious Dirty Dozen award. This year’s winners were no surprise: PSNH, New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, was on the list once again. In this year’s annual spotlight on twelve of New England’s worst polluters, PSNH’s largely coal-firing Merrimack Station…