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Update: Thursday, 5:10 p.m.: About 5,000 customers of Eversource and the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative are still without power in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday night. 

Previous updates continue below: 

Eversource file photo

Eversource says recent infrastructure improvements helped reduce power outages by nearly 40 percent in New Hampshire last year.

The utility, which is the state’s largest, wants customers to pay for those upgrades as part of a pending rate increase.

Eversource says it saw fewer than 300,000 customer service interruptions of five minutes or longer in 2019, compared to 475,000 in 2018.

NEPOOL

Energy can be tough to understand. When we flip a light switch, we know the lights should come on. But we might not know where that power came from – or why it costs what it costs.

In New England, much of those costs are controlled by a select group of stakeholders – called the New England Power Pool, or NEPOOL.

NEPOOL is now facing criticism for a lack of transparency, and for decisions that could be raising the already high cost of energy in the region.

Courtesy Julie Smith

The severe storm that swept across New Hampshire Monday caused more than 63,000 Granite Staters to lose power at peak outage.

Utility crews worked overnight to restore electricity to more than 50,000 customers by Tuesday morning.

The estimates: Eversource, 11,529; NH Electric Coop, 362; Liberty Utilities 317; Unitil 57.

Monday night's report continues below here:

Eversource

SUNDAY update: Utility crews have restored power to most of those customers who lost electricity Friday night. Linemen continue to work on some trouble spots Sunday.

Eversource, as of midday, reports 885 customers without power.  N.H. Electric Coop has about 170, while Liberty Utilities reports 45. Until had a handful of outages it was restoring Sunday morning.

For Eversource customers, here's a link to report an outage, or call 800-662-7764.

Eversource

 

High wind gusts and icing on wires across the state contributed to more than 12,000 electric customers losing power by late Monday afternoon.

 

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative reported 6,040 outages as of 5:30 p.m.

 

Eversource reported 5,351 customers without power.

 

Ice accumulating on tree limbs and utility wires from today's rain and sleet has caused a few thousand power outages in New Hampshire.

As of Tuesday at 6 p.m., there are almost 10,000 customers without electricity.

Local and state plow crews continue to treat and monitor roads for slick travel conditions.

Line crews are tackling some of the toughest trouble-spots as night fell. The estimated outages, by utility (click the links to see the respective outages by town/utility):

Sean Hurley

The Campton Elementary School provided shelter last night for 35 plus residents evacuated from the Six Flags Mobile Home Park and the Beebe River area.  NHPR’s Sean Hurley went to the school this morning to talk to the evacuees about their experience.

Heavy Rain, Winds Cause Outages In New Hampshire

Jun 28, 2015
Courtesy Laconia Police Department

Update 9:29 am:  Unitil now says fewer than of its 200 customers are without power. 

New Hampshire power companies say they’re working to restore electricity during Sunday's heavy rain.

Eversource Energy, the state’s largest utility, reported more than 3,000 homes and businesses lost power during the morning, and that crews had begun working to restore electricity.

Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

When you’re a transmission arborist, you spend a lot of time in a helicopter, cruising over power-lines.

“So here’s an example of non-compliant vegetation,” says Kurt Nelson who does this job for Eversource. He indicates some young pines growing underneath the tall transmission towers. They aren’t high enough to endanger the lines… yet.

“That’ll be a target for us,” says Nelson.

NHPR Staff

For the latest weather information and power outage maps, visit NHPR's weather information page right here.

Tune in to NHPR for weather information throughout the day.

  8:06 AM

The winter weather has led to a number of power outages for New Hampshire Electric Cooperative customers.

The utility’s spokesman Seth Wheeler says the outages peaked around 6 yesterday evening, with 5,600 customers out.

Chris Jensen / NHPR

Losing power is annoying. Losing power for several days when you’ve got a large turkey to cook is infuriating.

PSNH / flickr, creative commons: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33314439@N05/6279908349

  Now that virtually all of the 300,000 energy customers who lost power in Wednesday’s storm have their lights back on, New Hampshire's power companies are looking to the future. 

Getting Power To The People: Almost Finished

Nov 30, 2014

After the fourth largest power outage in the state’s history utility companies say they have restored power to most customers.

Following the storm Wednesday night - and in the days that followed - more than 300,000 customers lost power at some point, disrupting holiday plans and sending some people to warming shelters.

This morning PSNH said about 1,900 customers are without power and it expects to have power restored to them by tonight.