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NH Energy Wars

Fifteen years ago, New Hampshire embarked on a dramatic experiment, deregulating electricity. The idea was to bring competition to power production; a sector where typically just a handful of highly-regulated utilities dominated. These days, Granite Staters are being pursued by a variety of power suppliers, from all over.  And their efforts are paying off, with more and morer customers switching from the state’s largest utility, PSNH to new providers. Today, we turn the spotlight on power production, where we’ve come from and where we might be going, including some news this week – that state regulators, in strong language, have urged PSNH to sell off its power plants in this new era. 



  • Michael Skelton: communication specialist for PSNH
  • Dave Solomon: union leader business reporter. He is the main author of a 10 page feature the Union Leader ran on May 26th called “power players”
  • Taff Tschamler: Senior Vice President at North American Power, which is a member of the EmpowerNH coalition.