The region’s electric grid operator made a visit to Portsmouth last week to discuss its role in a clean energy future. What exactly that is was the question at hand.
Ahead of a winter season anticipated to see exorbitantly high heating and electricity costs, New Hampshire lawmakers earmarked an additional $35 million in state funds to help another 50,000 households pay the bills.
Using a model that’s been called “transformative” for the energy market, the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire announced this week its initial electricity rate will be 15.8 cents per kilowatt-hour, representing a 20 to 40 percent savings compared to the state’s utility companies.
Heating fuel reserves in New Hampshire remain low, at around 60 percent of the average level over the past five years, according to the state’s Department of Energy.
Unitil customers can expect a significant rate increase in December, if the utility’s Friday request is granted.
Patch News reported that nearly 30,000 New Hampshirites were without power on July 21st throughout the afternoon to almost midnight after three waves of thunderstorms went through the state.