FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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March 27, 2013
CONCORD, NH – Today Marc Brown, Executive Director, announced the founding of the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA), a non-profit advocacy group focused on issues impacting utility ratepayers in New England.
“The New England Ratepayers Association was established to give a larger voice for families and businesses that are served by regulated utilities,” said Mr. Brown. “NERA will promote legislation, regulatory rules, policies and projects which will supply the lowest cost, reliable, and secure utility resources for customers in the region.“
NERA plans to be active in all six of the New England states. The organization intends to provide resources and information to the general public, regulators and elected officials on a variety of issues that both directly and indirectly affect the cost of utilities to the ratepayer. Issues of interest to NERA include: Telecommunications taxes and fees; the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS); the New Hampshire Great Bay water treatment standards; large scale energy projects and the expansion of natural gas infrastructure in the region.
“As a region, the rates we pay for water, gas, and electricity are among the highest in the nation. Despite the natural gas boom in the country, the region still can pay double, triple or even five times the market price in nearby areas like New York. While water resources are not scarce in this part of the country, many water ratepayers are facing drastically higher rates due to regulatory overreach. If we want to grow the economy of the region and improve the lives of the people who live here, more needs to be done to change our policies and priorities.”
“While there are numerous business and industry organizations across the region, often their focus on these issues is minimized because of conflicting interests of their members,” continued Brown. “It is time for an independent non?profit to be the voice of the people who pay the bills.”
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.neratepayers.org.