A new report from the state's Public Utilities Commission finds PSNH failed to properly prepare for last year’s October snowstorm. Meanwhile, Unitil was able to effectively restore power to customers following Snowtober.
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.
NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.
In 1996 the state passed a law that gave consumers the right to pick the company from which they wanted to buy electricity.
But the pickings were so slim as to be non-existent.
In short nobody gave Public Service of New Hampshire any statewide competition for residential customers and PSNH currently dominates the market.
At the start of the day Tuesday, Public Service of New Hampshire had 135,000 customers without power due to this weekend's storm.
Now the utility has given an estimate of when every town should have their power restored.
You can see the town by town power restoration estimates here.
Nearly two days after an unseasonable snow storm, much of the Queen City remains without power.
PSNH estimates that around 31,000 of its customers in Manchester still don’t have electricity.
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.
City officials established a shelter at Memorial High School for those that were worst hit by the storm.
Public Service of New Hampshire is ramping up their efforts to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes.
PSNH’s President Gary Long says that the storm knocked out more major power lines than any storm in the utility’s history.
Over the past two days crews have restored most of these lines, and now expect that power restoration to individual homes will accelerate.
Long: This snowstorm did more damage for this kind of event than we’ve ever seen by some reports in 140 years.
For the third time this year, Governor Lynch is seeking federal money to help pick up the pieces after a major storm.
NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown reports.
In a press conference today, the governor made an announcement that is almost starting to become routine.
LYNCH: I am in the process of preparing a request for a federal emergency declaration, and we expect that request to be submitted today.
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.
The heavy, wet snow and foliage in the trees is why so many homes and business are without power.
PSNH has crews fanned out across the state, including teams from Hydro Quebec and independent contractors.
Company spokesperson Martin Murray says it’s difficult to get as much help as PSNH would like.
Power outages have continued to climb as the day has gone on. But emergency officials believe the worst is probably over.
At its peak, utilities reported 315,000 customers had lost service.
That’s approaching the 2008 Ice Storm record of 420,000.
PSNH has said some customers won’t have power restored for a week.
But Department of Safety spokesperson Jim Van Dongen says he expects many homes and business should have the lights back in a few days.
More than 250,000 customers around New Hampshire are waking up to no power this morning. Last night’s storm has wreaked havoc on the state’s power system.
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.
PSNH, the state’s largest utility, has some 185,000 customers without power this morning.
Company spokesperson Mike Skelton says Manchester and Nashua have been hit the hardest.
The New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security announces that the American Red Cross has opened five regional shelters in the state.
Londonderry: Londerrry High School, 293 Mammoth Road
Manchester: Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way, Opens 5pm Sunday
Nashua: Nashua High School North, 10 Chuck Drudging Drive
Newton: NewtonTown Hall, 2 Town Hall Road
Rochester: Rochester Community Center, 150 Wakefield Street.
Hooksett: Cawley Middle School, 89 White Hall Road, Opens 6pm Sunday
Newmarket: Newmarket Community Center, 2 Terrace Drive
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