Decision on merits of PSNH scrubber goes back to PUC
The PUC suspended its investigation until the court decided on the appeal, but issued a new schedule this week giving interveners about a month to submit testimony.
"PSNH complied with the law in building the scrubber," he said. "It certainly seems to defy logic, and the law, that some would like to see the PUC now go back and question whether the scrubber should have been built in the first place."
She said her organization is looking for transparency.
The state's largest utility also asked the court to determine if the law passed in 2006 requiring the scrubber precluded the PUC from deciding otherwise.
PSNH maintains the state law allows full recovery from electric users for the cost of the scrubber. The company is currently charging electric customers for the scrubber's cost.
But those arguing against full recovery say PSNH had an obligation not to spend money on something that does not make economic sense with the current changing electric marketplace.
The high cost of PSNH's power has driven consumers large and small to alternative providers. The utility has lost about 55 percent of its electric load to competitors, including 22 percent of its residential and small-business customers.
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