The N.H. Supreme Court today ruled in favor of Eversource’s appeal of a N.H. Public Utilities Commission October 6, 2016 order. The court determined that the NHPUC was incorrect in rejecting an agreement to lower energy costs by purchasing capacity on a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion. Eversource’s statement is below:
We appreciate that the Supreme Court got it right—the primary purpose of electric industry restructuring is to ensure reliability and lower energy costs for our customers. This is consistent with Governor Sununu’s recently released New Hampshire Energy Strategy and is a goal that we all must work together to achieve.
This decision has broad implications for New Hampshire’s energy future at a time when the region has a critical need for additional sources of reliable and affordable energy. For example, there is little question that customers in New Hampshire and the region will benefit from an increased supply of natural gas to be used to create electricity. This past winter provided another example of how dependent the region is on natural gas, and how prices and emissions can significantly increase when pipelines are constrained and the region must turn to oil and coal-fired power plants.
Additionally, in light of today’s decision, we will revisit the PUC’s denial of the Power Purchase Agreement with Hydro Québec that would have provided clean, affordable power to New Hampshire customers over the Northern Pass Transmission line. The PUC’s denial, which led to removal of the agreement and its associated benefits from the New Hampshire siting application, was based on the same flawed legal analysis that the Supreme Court today overturned.