Please send a letter to the Electric Utility Restructuring Oversight
They will be issuing a report by the end of the month to determine
the future of NH’s coal plants. We are asking the Committee not to ignore the health
risks and to recommend that NH retire its aging coal
the committee is focused on divestiture. “Divestiture” requires the utility to sell the power plants. The buyer, if there is one, could keep the plants running. PSNH wants to cut a deal with the
legislature that requires ratepayers to pay 100% of the stranded costs, meaning the costs not covered by the sale.
New Hampshire Sierra Club supports retiring the plants because of the unacceptable health risks. The World Health Organization just this month issued a report stating that coal pollution causes cancer (1). When the plants are retired, the ratepayers should not bear the burden of the entire stranded costs. Senator Bradley and others have said the costs should be fairly shared by PSNH and the ratepayers. We can begin to rebuild a cleaner and more
efficient future that will make New Hampshire a better place for everyone.
Help send the message that we need to start building the clean energy
future we know will reduce the impact on climate disruption and improve our
1. World Health Organization press release: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/17/health/geneva-air-pollution-carcinogenic-who/
The TIme to Move Beyond Coal in NH
Dear Honorable [Decision Maker],
As a legislative committee that will have a state-wide impact, I urge you to help create a clean energy future for our state that also protects the public health of families like mine. Public Service Company of New Hampshire's (PSNH) polluting coal power plants, Merrimack Station, Schiller and Newington, are too expensive to run and too dangerous to ignore.These aging plants are the largest source of both air and water pollution in New Hampshire. They make people sick. The air emissions from the plants trigger attacks for people with asthma, bronchitis and other acute and chronic lung diseases. The thermal pollution from the plants' cooling water kills fish and aquatic life, wildlife essential to healthy watersheds.The escalating costs of operating these plants have made the plants uneconomical. The plants cannot compete with newer, cheaper and cleaner sources of electricity.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]