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NH consumer advocate files complaint seeking utilities' tax savings go to consumers

By MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader

January 02. 2018 10:29AM




CONCORD — The state’s Office of the Consumer Advocate wants more than a dozen utilities to pass along to their customers any savings from the recently enacted federal tax bill.

Consumer Advocate Donald Kreis filed a complaint with the state Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday indicating the corporate tax rate was cut from a maximum 35 percent to a flat 21 percent rate.

“Therefore, the Office of the Consumer Advocate respectfully contends that unless the commission immediately directs that each utility pass through any benefits from this change to the Internal Revenue Code to ratepayers, the rates of these utilities are unjust and unreasonable within the meaning of New Hampshire law,” Kreis wrote in his six-page complaint.

Kreis’ filing didn’t indicate any estimate on how much customers could be owed.

A spokesman for Eversource said he hadn’t seen the PUC complaint yet.

Kreis listed the following investor-owned utilities:

Abenaki Water Company; Aquarion Water Company of New Hampshire; Energy North Natural Gas Corp. d/b/a Liberty Utilities; Fryeburg Water Company; Granite State Electric Corporation d/b/a Liberty Utilities; Hampstead Area Water Company; Lakes Region Water Company; Northern Utilities, Inc. d/b/a Unitil; Pennichuck East Utility, Inc.; Pennichuck Water Works, Inc.; Pittsfield Aqueduct Company; Public Service Company of New Hampshire d/b/a Eversource Energy; Unitil Energy Systems, Inc.; and West Swanzey Water Company.


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