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February 25. 2013 8:30PM

Advocacy group forms, focuses on helping utility ratepayers

CONCORD ­- A new organization calling itself the New England Ratepayers Association, a non-profit advocacy group focused on utility ratepayers, debuted Monday.

"The New England Ratepayers Association was established to give a larger voice for families and businesses that are served by regulated utilities," said Marc Brown, executive director. "NERA will promote legislation, regulatory rules, policies and projects, which will supply the lowest cost, reliable, and secure utility resources for customers in the region."

Brown was unavailable for comment as to the funding sources for the organization.

His press release said NERA plans to be active in all six New England states.

"The organization intends to provide resources and information to the general public, regulators and elected officials on a variety of issues that both directly and indirectly affect the cost of utilities to the ratepayer," he said.

Issues of interest to NERA include telecommunications taxes and fees, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Renewable Portfolio Standards, the New Hampshire Great Bay water treatment standards, large-scale energy projects and the expansion of natural gas infrastructure in the region.

For more information, go to neratepayers.org.



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