In this perspectives brief, authors Cameron Wake, Matt Magnusson, Christine Foreman, and Fiona Wilson examine the cost of electrical power in New Hampshire and New England, the reliability of the electrical power system in terms of its ability to meet demand, and the risk New Hampshire ratepayers might face from various proposals to secure or increase the supply of electricity. They find evidence that near-term levels of demand and supply pose no threat to grid reliability, that current pipeline capacity is adequate, and that better contracting practices and other “soft-infrastructure” changes combined with the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy will have at least as large a return on investment as expanded pipeline capacity, without exposing ratepayers to higher electricity rates stemming from expensive infrastructure investments.

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Winter 3-7-2017


Carsey Perspectives No. 7


Durham, N.H. : Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire

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