Michael Harrington http://nhpr.org en New PUC Commissioner Rules: His Pension Not A Conflict of Interest http://nhpr.org/post/new-puc-commissioner-rules-his-pension-not-conflict-interest <p>Newly appointed Public Utilities Commissioner Michael Harrington says having a pension from Northeast Utilities is not a good enough reason to disqualify him from hearing a <a href="http://www.puc.nh.gov/Regulatory/Docketbk/2011/11-250.html">case involving the utility </a>&ndash; and so he won&rsquo;t.</p><p>Harrington made the statement in an <a href="http://www.puc.nh.gov/Regulatory/Orders/2012orders/25342e.pdf">order</a> he signed Tuesday dismissing a motion arguing that he has an unacceptable conflict of interest.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:35:29 +0000 Chris Jensen 2972 at http://nhpr.org Conservation Law Foundation Also Asks New PUC Commissioner Be Disqualified http://nhpr.org/post/conservation-law-foundation-also-asks-new-puc-commissioner-be-disqualified <p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Conservation Law Foundation has joined in a request that newly appointed Public Utilities Commissioner Michael Harrington be disqualified from hearing <a href="http://www.puc.nh.gov/Regulatory/Docketbk/2011/11-250.html">a case involving the Merrimack&nbsp; Station powerplant </a>because it feels there is a conflict of interest involving Public Service of New Hampshire.</p><p>The issue is that Harrington has a pension from Northeast Utilities, the parent company of PSNH, which routinely goes before the three-member commission.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:35:46 +0000 Chris Jensen 2723 at http://nhpr.org A Conflict-of-Interest Challenge To Newly Appointed PUC Commissioner http://nhpr.org/post/conflict-interest-challenge-newly-appointed-puc-commissioner <p>Last week the Executive Council confirmed Michael Harrington&rsquo;s appointment as one of three Public Utilities Commissioners.</p><p>But before Harrington could preside over his first&nbsp;<a href="http://www.puc.nh.gov/Regulatory/Commission_Calendar.pdf">hearing on Monday</a>&nbsp;a couple from the North&nbsp;Country filed a <a href="http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20823370/DE%2011-250%20Dannis%20Motion%20For%20Disqualification%203_9_12.pdf">motion</a> asking he be disqualified for a conflict of interest.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:45:15 +0000 Chris Jensen 2435 at http://nhpr.org