NH Commission Stops Eversource Scheme to Gamble Public Money

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PUC says proposal goes far beyond legal scope of utility company

March 27, 2017 (CONCORD, NH) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to a decision from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) dismissing Eversource’s proposal to purchase and re-sell electricity from the proposed Northern Pass transmission line. The PUC found that this proposal violates state law governing the role and scope of utility companies.

“For the second time in six months, the PUC has shot down an Eversource scheme that would put New Hampshire businesses and families at risk,” said CLF New Hampshire Director Tom Irwin. “From financing gas pipelines to tipping the scales for Northern Pass, Eversource keeps trying – and failing – to gamble its customers’ hard-earned money on unnecessary and unwanted infrastructure. As the illusion of Northern Pass’s public value continues to be shattered, it’s only a matter of time before the whole thing comes tumbling down.”

A copy of the PUC’s decision can be found here.

CLF experts are available for further comment.