North Country
5:17 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

PUC Says It Will Investigate Public Service Of New Hampshire

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The state’s Public Utilities Commission is planning to investigate whether PSNH is charging consumers too much for electricity.

In an order issued Friday afternoon the state’s Public Utilities Commission says it wants to know more about how Public Service of New Hampshire is operating and how that affects consumers and the state.

In particular the commission says it will investigate “how PSNH proposes to maintain safe and reliable service” and “just and reasonable rates” in light of market conditions.

The commission plans to also “explore the impact, if any, of PSNH’s continued ownership and operation of generation facilities on the competitive electric market in New Hampshire.”

It’s somewhat unusual for the PUC to launch such as investigation. More often it has investigated utility responses to problems such as ice storms.

A PSNH spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.