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Video: Historic Decision Could Mean the End of Coal in New Hampshire
by Tom Irwin

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission recently reached an historic settlement that requires Eversource to sell all of its power plants in the state. This will force its old and inefficient coal-fired plants – including Merrimack Station in Bow – to compete on an open market against more economically and environmentally friendly sources of energy, like solar and wind. CLF…

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Eversource Deal Signals End To Coal Power In NH

… Merrimack Station and Schiller Station have long been the target of environmental groups, including the Conservation Law Foundation, which has consistently listed the plants among the so-called “Dirty Dozen” of New England polluters. “Merrimack Station and Schiller Station power plants earn the award for the millions of pounds of toxic air pollution and greenhouse…

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CLF Joins Historic Settlement to Divest PSNH Power Plants and Advance a Clean Energy Future for New Hampshire
by Tom Irwin

Today, CLF is announcing its participation in a historic settlement agreement that will, at long last, put New Hampshire on a path to a fully competitive electric market and an energy future focused on clean, innovative, and affordable resources. Under the agreement, Public Service Company of New Hampshire (PSNH, now known by the same name…

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Even This Winter, PSNH Coal Plants Aren’t Cheap
by Christophe Courchesne

With electric rates headed up for the winter, more than a few people are admiring the perennially high but stable rates of PSNH, New Hampshire’s largest utility and the owner of the state’s two coal-fired power plants. But what’s behind PSNH’s rate’s new luster—the first time in the state’s decade-plus experience with a restructured electric…

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Setting the Table for Clean Energy Progress in the Granite State
by Christophe Courchesne

Without much fanfare, New Hampshire lawmakers took important steps in 2014 toward clean energy progress. This spring, the legislature completed what is arguably the most successful session for energy issues in many years with a series of significant bills each addressing different parts of the clean energy puzzle: a pathway to ending the state’s inexcusable…

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They’re Still Number 1: PSNH’s Merrimack Station Leads the State Again in Toxic Chemical Releases
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

It’s clear to anyone paying attention to air pollution trends in New Hampshire that PSNH’s coal plants are a huge health and environmental liability for the state. And according to EPA data released last week, PSNH’s coal fleet continues to lead the state in toxic chemical releases: Merrimack Station in Bow remained New Hampshire’s number…

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The Missing Fine Print in Northern Pass Clean Air Propaganda
by Tom Irwin

In a full-page advertisement in yesterday’s Concord Monitor, PSNH takes its greenwashing of the Northern Pass project to new heights of hypocrisy, this time not only continuing to tout the project’s unsubstantiated climate benefits, but splashing across the page, in large letters: “BREATHE DEEPLY, GRANDKIDS.” In some respects, today’s advertisement is just the latest in…

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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…