|The “Docketbook” is now located in the Virtual File Room.
|The “Docket of Cases” pages are now located under the “Master List” title on the Virtual File Room page.
The Public Utilities Commission regulates
public utilities as defined in RSA 362:2 and their affiliates as defined in RSA 366:1, II.
Typically, these are investor-owned electric, telephone,
natural gas, water, sewer, and steam utilities. The
Commission is the arbiter between the interests of these
utilities and their customers. The regulatory process
necessarily requires public hearings, audits of public
utilities and other forms of inquiry and investigation
to ensure that high quality service is provided by the
utilities at rates that are just and reasonable for
both the customer and the utility.
The Commission investigates issues ranging
from existing or proposed rates, charges, and classifications,
rules and regulations, financings and other utility
regulatory matters to the acquisition of utility plant
by municipalities. These may be the subject of informal
investigations or formal hearings in which the Commissioners
sit in a quasi-judicial capacity. There are certain
issues that, by statute, require a hearing. Hearings
before the Commission are open to the public and are
transcribed by a court reporter. After a hearing is
held, the Commissioners take the record that has been
presented and deliberate a decision which is then written
into an order. The three Commissioners decide by majority
vote the matters that come before them. The decisions
are announced at weekly deliberative meetings and the
minutes of these meetings are posted to the Commission’s
web site. Final orders are issued and are also posted
to the Commission’s web site. Commission orders
are appealable to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
The Commission is also responsible for
promulgating rules and regulations governing all utilities
subject to its jurisdiction. The Commission has regulatory
authority over safety standards and practices of all
pipeline facilities for the transportation of gas within