News : The Job Interview: N.H. residents have a choice in energy providers

Jun 12, 2013

From The Concord Monitor

By Jeremy Blackman

A campaign launched last month by a coalition of energy companies, trade groups and environmental organizations is spreading the word that New Hampshire residents can choose who and where their energy comes from.

EmpowerNH supports a competitive market approach to energy production, because, it says, it improves efficiencies in energy production, lowers costs and broadens the sources of energy to which customers have access – including natural gas and renewables such as wind and solar.

New Hampshire’s energy market has in fact been open to retail suppliers for more than a decade. In 1997, at the request of the Legislature, the Public Utilities Commission issued a restructuring plan that pushed the state’s four major utilities – Public Service of New Hampshire, Liberty Utilities, Unitil and the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative – to begin selling off their power plants and other energy-generating assets.

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