State board OKs legislative attempt to fix plant's issues

Coal-fired Merrimack Station

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The state's Public Utilities Commission will pause its review of two key issues surrounding the state's largest utility until lawmakers try to forge a solution.

Public Service Company of New Hampshire had asked the PUC to delay a decision on how much the company should be reimbursed for a $422 million scrubber that went online at its Merrimack Station in 2011.

The company also asked the PUC to hold off on a study to determine the effect continued PSNH ownership of its three fossil fuel plants and nine hydroelectric plants would have on consumers.

On Thursday, the PUC said it would grant the delay even though the request came late in the process and the reasons were "thin."

The Conservation Law Fund and Sierra Club opposed the delay.

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