New England Ratepayers Association

Advocacy for Ratepayers Across New England

Municipal Fiber not the Right Path

On its May 2nd editorial page, the Concord Monitor opined that “Concord should embrace municipal fiber optic network”. The question residents need to ask themselves is: Why? Concord currently has several broadband providers that serve its residents. Why would taxpayers foot the bill to duplicate existing networks? The Monitor offers a quote from a former […]

Why Northern Pass Matters

Hysteria, rhetoric and falsehoods aside—New Hampshire needs the Northern Pass Project. New Hampshire businesses and residents pay the sixth highest electricity costs in the nation and the only change on the horizon is higher prices.  New England’s electricity grid is regional—which means that what happens in one state affects the cost of electricity in all […]

Wind power not competitive with conventional sources

It has been recently reported that Massachusetts’ utilities National Grid, Northeast Utilities and Unitil have negotiated power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 565MW of electricity capacity from existing and proposed wind-farms in New Hampshire and Maine that would provide electricity at wholesale rates of approximately eight cents per kilowatt-hour. These agreements were lauded by the Boston […]

Letter to DoE re: Northern Pass Transmission Project

The following letter was submitted to the Department of Energy regarding the Presidential Permit application of the Northern Pass Transmission project. September 18th, 2013 Mr. Brian Mills United States Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability 1000 Independence Avenue Washington, DC 20585 Brian.Mills@hq.doe.gov Re: Northern Pass Transmission Project, Presidential Permit Application, Docket […]

Vermont Yankee closing will push us closer to energy cliff

Entergy’s recent decision to decommission Vermont Yankee’s 620MW of nuclear electricity generation by the end of 2014 brings to light a growing problem for New England’s electricity grid—reliability. Since 2003, New England has increased its reliance on natural gas for electricity generation by 30%. The Vermont Yankee announcement means that New England ratepayers will be […]

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