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February 12. 2013 8:03PM

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FairPoint Energy acquires PNE Energy

FairPoint Energy has purchased 8,500 residential and small commercial customer accounts from PNE Energy Supply, an electricity provider for customers in New Hampshire, and will soon begin serving the acquired accounts, FairPoint announced Tuesday.

FairPoint Energy, a subsidiary of Stamford, Conn.-based Crius Energy, will continue to serve the customers under the same contract length and pricing, with additional opt-in choices, including its 100 percent green energy product. Customers will continue to be billed by the utility. The only change they will see on their utility bill is FairPoint Energy identified as their energy supplier. The acquired customers will receive a letter providing detailed information.

FairPoint Energy was created through a strategic relationship between Crius Energy and FairPoint Communications and uses the FairPoint Energy name under a license agreement.

Retirement system offers primer session

CONCORD - The New Hampshire Retirement System has scheduled an "NHRS 101" session Friday for lawmakers, municipal and school officials, NHRS members and retirees, the media, and the public. ?The session will take place at 1 p.m. at the retirement system's office at 54 Regional Drive in Concord.

The sessions - not to be confused with the benefit information sessions regularly offered for members - are intended to provide a broad, factual overview of the retirement system. Among the topics included are plan governance, membership data, investment policy, contribution rates, and a look at some of the challenges the system faces.

The presentations are expected to last 60 to 75 minutes. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.nhrs.org and click on the session you wish to attend; sessions are listed under the "Education Sessions" heading on the homepage.

Free sales workshops in Holderness, Littleton

PLYMOUTH - The Enterprise Center at Plymouth is presenting free workshops on Friday to help business people develop better relationships and increase sales.

The workshops are from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Firehouse in Holderness and from 11 a.m. to noon at White Mountains Community College located in the Littleton Learning Center in Littleton.

The workshops will be presented by Robert Nadeau, director of the Professional Sales Program at Plymouth State University. Reserve a spot by contacting the Enterprise Center office at 535-3222 or kim@enterprisecenternh.com.

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