Some business owners support shuttering of Merrimack station
The two groups, Citizens for Clean and Fair Power and Toxics Action Center held a similar event in Portsmouth targeting PSNH’s Schiller Station on Wednesday.
He said the cost of electricity from the plant has driven many customers away from PSNH, and federal environmental regulations the plant will have to meet in the future will further drive up rates.
“Schiller Station in Portsmouth and Merrimack Station in Bow comply with all state and federal clean air regulations. Both plants are also large contributors to the local community, directly employing hundreds of workers and indirectly benefiting many more,” said PSNH spokesman Martin Murray. “They are also the largest or among the largest sources of local tax revenue in each community. Any call for retirement of either facility is extremely short-sighted.”
The Public Utilities Commission staff issued a report earlier this year noting the fossil fuel plants are driving up costs for PSNH power customers and driving many to alternative suppliers.
PSNH said lawmakers required the scrubber be built so the company should be able to recover all of the costs. It recently asked the state Supreme Court to rule on the issue, although the PUC has yet to decide.
Most of the nearly 50 businesses that signed the petition in favor of retiring Merrimack Station are in Concord, which is supplied by Unitil, not PSNH.
“Merrimack Station has been leeching and bleeding the local economy for years,” he said.
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