New Hampshire’s largest utility estimates customers will see a two percent average rate hike this year. Public Service of New Hampshire filed its rate adjustment forecast with the Public Utilities Commission Friday. PSNH says higher energy prices over the winter and continued volatility in the market could translate into higher power bills. The utility has not yet requested a rate change from the PUC.
Today's snowstorm is set to drop two to four inches across most of the state by tonight. The Seacoast could see up to six inches. While it's a slower-moving storm than Nemo two weeks ago, numerous power outages have been reported. By 12:25 pm, these are the communities that have been impacted most.
A house bill that would consider giving the Public Utilities Commission authority to force PSNH to sell its power plants to open up market competition is getting vocal opposition from business leaders and mayors in the state.
Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier says the move will raise electric rates and scare businesses away from his community.