New England Ratepayers Association

Advocacy for Ratepayers Across New England

Category: Opinion

Stop the Madness

It is well known that electricity rates in New England are much higher than the national average. Elected officials talk about the problem and raise their voices even higher when manufacturers and major employers announce they are either expanding their operations in other states or leaving the region entirely, taking thousands of jobs with them. […]

Natural Gas Pipeline Ruling Increases Importance of Canadian Hydro

On August 17th the Massachusetts Supreme Court vacated a ruling by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities that would have permitted electric utilities to charge electric ratepayers for pipeline capacity—and then sell the gas to generators. This could be the swan song for the last major natural gas pipeline expansion project on the table for […]

Forward New Hampshire Plan Will Benefit Ratepayers

Eversource recently announced the Forward New Hampshire Plan, comprising an amended route and technology changes to its Northern Pass Project, which will import hydroelectricity from Canada. Making concessions to project opponents, Eversource proposes burying an additional 52 miles of transmission line underground—40 miles of which passes through sensitive areas in the White Mountain National Forest. […]

Wholesale Electricity Prices Are Down, But For How Long?

This winter’s wholesale electricity costs haven’t reached the historic levels seen during the 2013-2014 winter, but that doesn’t mean that all is well with New England’s electricity markets.  We still have the highest regional electricity costs in the United States and impending capacity shortages will be a challenge to policymakers for years to come.  ISO-NE […]

New Hampshire Policy Brief

New Hampshire and all of New England is facing some of the most challenging public policy decisions in recent memory—what to do about ever-rising electricity prices and their impacts on businesses and families. This brief reviews the results of recently implemented public policies and makes suggestions as to what steps New Hampshire’s elected officials could […]

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