Coal power still gets NH through coldest days of the year
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New Hampshire will soon be home to the only coal-fired power plants left in New England, and the owner of those power plants says they will be burning coal for the foreseeable future.
That’s not good news for environmental groups like the Conservation Law Foundation and Sierra Club, who’d been hoping the sale of Merrimack Station in Bow and Schiller Station in Portsmouth last year by Eversource would be the beginning of the end for the two coal-burners.
When state officials announced in 2016 that they had reached a deal with Eversource to sell off its power generators as part of a decades-long deregulation process, the news was greeted with headlines like “Historic decision in New Hampshire could bring end of coal-fired power plants in New England,” and “New England’s last coal-fired power plants face uncertain futures.”