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.
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.
Public Service of New Hampshire announced today it wants to increase its rates.
NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown tells us why.
PSNH has asked the Public Utilities commission for a rate increase of a little more than a half cent per kilowatt hour.
For the typical resident that would mean about three dollars and seventy-seven cents more every month.
The hike will pay for a new scrubber designed to clean up emissions from PSNH’s coal burning plant in Bow.
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