October snowstorm http://nhpr.org en Snowtober Report Praises Unitil Response, Criticizes PSNH http://nhpr.org/post/snowtober-report-praises-unitil-response-criticizes-psnh <p>A <a href="http://www.puc.nh.gov/2011OctSnowstorm/October%202011%20Snowstorm%20%2811-20-12%29%20final.pdf">new report</a> from the state's <a href="http://www.puc.nh.gov/">Public Utilities Commission</a> finds <a href="http://www.psnh.com/For-My-Home.aspx">PSNH</a> failed to properly prepare for last year’s October snowstorm.&nbsp; Meanwhile, <a href="http://www.unitil.com/customer-configuration?loc=http%3A//www.unitil.com/">Unitil</a> was able to effectively restore power to customers following Snowtober.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 00:01:58 +0000 Amanda Loder 17382 at http://nhpr.org Snowtober Report Praises Unitil Response, Criticizes PSNH PSNH Faces First Statewide Challenge For Residential Customers http://nhpr.org/post/psnh-faces-first-statewide-challenge-residential-customers <div class="transcript"><p>For the first time Public Service of New Hampshire has statewide competition from another utility company. That could be good news for some consumers and bad news for PSNH.</p><p>NHPR&rsquo;s Chris Jensen reports.</p></div><p>In 1996 the state passed a law that gave consumers the right to pick the company from which they wanted to buy electricity.</p><p>But the pickings were so slim as to be non-existent.</p><p>In short nobody gave Public Service of New Hampshire any statewide competition for residential customers and PSNH currently dominates the market.</p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:15:00 +0000 Chris Jensen 201 at http://nhpr.org When Will We Get Our Power Back? http://nhpr.org/post/when-will-we-get-our-power-back <p>At the start of the day Tuesday, Public Service of New Hampshire had 135,000 customers without power due to this weekend&#39;s storm.</p><p>Now the utility has given an estimate of when every town should have their power restored.</p><p>You can see the <a href="http://www.psnhnews.com/displaypage.cfm?pgid=117">town by town power restoration estimates here</a>.</p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:50:00 +0000 Amy Quinton 199 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Coping With Major Outages http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-coping-major-outages <div class="transcript"><p>Nearly two days after an unseasonable snow storm, much of the Queen City remains without power.</p></div><div class="transcript"><p>PSNH estimates that around 31,000 of its customers in Manchester still don&rsquo;t have electricity.</p><p>The difficulty in getting back power to the city comes from the fact that repair crews must work block by block to remove fallen tree limbs and other debris from the power lines.</p><p>City officials established a shelter at Memorial High School for those that were worst hit by the storm.</p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:55:00 +0000 Jonathan Lynch 194 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Coping With Major Outages State's Largest Utility Works To Restore Power http://nhpr.org/post/states-largest-utility-works-restore-power <div class="transcript"><p>Public Service of New Hampshire is ramping up their efforts to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes.</p></div><div class="transcript"><p>PSNH&rsquo;s President Gary Long says that the storm knocked out more major power lines than any storm in the utility&rsquo;s history.</p><p>Over the past two days crews have restored most of these lines, and now expect that power restoration to individual homes will accelerate.</p><p><em>Long: This snowstorm did more damage for this kind of event than we&rsquo;ve ever seen by some reports in 140 years. </em></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:31:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 183 at http://nhpr.org State Wants More FEMA Aid After Snow Storm http://nhpr.org/post/state-wants-more-fema-aid-after-snow-storm <div class="transcript"><p>For the third time this year, Governor Lynch is seeking federal money to help pick up the pieces after a major storm.</p><p>NHPR&rsquo;s Sam Evans-Brown reports.</p><p>In a press conference today, the governor made an announcement that is almost starting to become routine.</p><p><em>LYNCH: I am in the process of preparing a request for a federal emergency declaration, and we expect that request to be submitted today.</em></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:56:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 176 at http://nhpr.org Power Restoration Off to Slow Start http://nhpr.org/post/power-restoration-slow-start <div class="transcript"><p>Public Service of New Hampshire is making modest progress as crews try to restore power to hundreds of thousands. It may take days before everyone has the lights back on.&nbsp;</p></div><div class="transcript"><p>The heavy, wet snow and foliage in the trees is why so many homes and business are without power.</p><p>PSNH has crews fanned out across the state, including teams from Hydro Quebec and independent contractors.</p><p>Company spokesperson Martin Murray says it&rsquo;s difficult to get as much help as PSNH would like.</p> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 22:16:00 +0000 174 at http://nhpr.org Storm Power Outage Numbers Rise http://nhpr.org/post/storm-power-outage-numbers-rise <div class="transcript"><p>Power outages have continued to climb as the day has gone on. But emergency officials believe the worst is probably over.</p></div><div class="transcript"><p>At its peak, utilities reported 315,000 customers had lost service.</p><p>That&rsquo;s approaching the 2008 Ice Storm record of 420,000.</p><p>PSNH has said some customers won&rsquo;t have power restored for a week.</p><p>But Department of Safety spokesperson Jim Van Dongen says he expects many homes and business should have the lights back in a few days.</p> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 21:00:00 +0000 173 at http://nhpr.org Storm Power Outage Numbers Rise Emergency Officials Urge People Without Power to Seek Shelter http://nhpr.org/post/emergency-officials-urge-people-without-power-seek-shelter <div class="transcript"><p>More than 250,000 customers around New Hampshire are waking up to no power this morning. Last night&rsquo;s storm has wreaked havoc on the state&rsquo;s power system.</p></div><div class="transcript"><p>Unitil reports 40 thousand of its customers in New Hampshire have lost service as 35-40 mile an hour winds along the Seacoast took down power lines in towns like, Seabrook, Hampton and Exeter.</p><p>PSNH, the state&rsquo;s largest utility, has some 185,000 customers without power this morning.</p> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 15:39:00 +0000 Amy Quinton 171 at http://nhpr.org Shelters Now Open Across New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/shelters-now-open-across-new-hampshire <p>The New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security announces that the American Red Cross has opened five regional shelters in the state.</p><p>Londonderry: Londerrry High School, 293 Mammoth Road</p><p>Manchester: Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way, Opens 5pm Sunday</p><p>Nashua: Nashua High School North, 10 Chuck Drudging Drive</p><p>Newton: NewtonTown Hall, 2 Town Hall Road</p><p>Rochester: Rochester Community Center, 150 Wakefield Street.</p><p>Hooksett: Cawley Middle School, 89 White Hall Road, Opens 6pm Sunday</p><p>Newmarket: Newmarket Community Center, 2 Terrace Drive</p> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 15:39:00 +0000 Amy Quinton 172 at http://nhpr.org Snow Knocks Out Power For Thousands http://nhpr.org/post/snow-knocks-out-power-thousands <div class="transcript"><p>More than 250,000 customers around New Hampshire are waking up to no power this morning. Last night&rsquo;s storm has wreaked havoc on the state&rsquo;s power system.</p></div><div class="transcript"><p>Unitil reports 40 thousand of its customers in New Hampshire have lost service as 35-40 mile an hour winds along the Seacoast took down power lines in towns like, Seabrook, Hampton and Exeter.</p><p>PSNH, the state&rsquo;s largest utility, has some 185,000 customers without power this morning.</p> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 11:00:00 +0000 170 at http://nhpr.org Snow Knocks Out Power For Thousands