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‘Resident Power’ Fiasco: NH Public Radio (NHPR) Has A Good Piece That Explains What Happened.

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Anura Guruge


Prior ‘Resident Power’ Related Posts:
1/ ‘Resident Power’ >> PSNH Cost Us Money — Mar. 20, 2013.
2/ ‘Resident Power’ Supplier ‘PNE’ Runs Out Of Money — Feb. 20, 2013.
3/ Resident Power: Possible Alternatives — Jan. 20, 2013.
4/ PSNH Electric Rates Going Up To 10 Cents Per KWH …
>>Dec. 19, 2012.

5/ PSNH To Increase Electric Rates Again? … — Oct. 3, 2012.
6/ We Now Get Electric From N.H. Resident Power — May 24, 2012.
7/ A Plug For N.H. Resident Power. Yes, We Signed Up
>>April 19, 2012.


Click to access excellent NHPR article on what was a sorry, pitiful debacle.

Click to access excellent NHPR article on what was a sorry, pitiful debacle.


I kind of knew some of this. The ‘What Happened to PNE‘ section, however, is very revealing and in my opinion quite telling.

It would appear that PNE was trying to fly by the seat of their pants and they had holes in their pants and no underwear.

It mentions Bart Fromuth’s dad ‘Gus‘ and says that he was involved in bringing deregulation to New England in the 90s. I don’t know him but I assume he must live in Florida and has never set foot in NH in the winter. Because if he had he would have to have known that January is colder than December and that February is the cruelest month of old. I am not happy.

Well you should read the article and make up your own mind. I wonder whether our great State will bother to look into what happened?

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‘Resident Power’ Handing Us Back To PSNH Cost Us Money. Not Happy.

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Anura Guruge


Prior ‘Resident Power’ Related Posts:
1/ ‘Resident Power’ Supplier ‘PNE’ Runs Out Of Money — Feb. 20, 2013.
2/ Resident Power: Possible Alternatives — Jan. 20, 2013.
3/ PSNH Electric Rates Going Up To 10 Cents Per KWH …
>>Dec. 19, 2012.

4/ PSNH To Increase Electric Rates Again? … — Oct. 3, 2012.
5/ We Now Get Electric From N.H. Resident Power — May 24, 2012.
6/ A Plug For N.H. Resident Power. Yes, We Signed Up
>>April 19, 2012.


So I finally got around to looking at my bill yesterday.

I am not amused.

Resident Power/PNE dropped us on February 18, 2013 — though we didn’t get notified about this till Feb. 20.

The 5 days in just that billing cycle that I got power from PSNH cost me a bundle.

Worse still, though I successfully switched to ENH that very same day, i.e. February 20, ENH will only become my supplier as of tomorrow.

I am not happy. I had a CONTRACT with ‘Resident Power’. They are in violation of that contract. Shame on them.

You can see how this all worked out on my bill.


Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.

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Well from where I sit, as an ex-Resident Power customer, there are no ‘ifs and buts’. I got screwed by Resident Power.

If they had any honor they will pay for the additional PSNH charges I incurred — because I had a contract with them to supply power to me and they reneged on that. Shame on them.

Yes, I am now with ENH at 0.07284/kWh which is cheaper than what Resident Power was charging me. But, I think it is only a 6 month rate.

I hope ENH proves to be more reliable and credible than Resident Power.

Full Disclosure: Since this whole fiasco I had talked with, and even met, with Resident Power founder and Managing Director, Bartholomew Fromuth. Very nice guy. Very likeable. But, that doesn’t excuse the fact that his company let me down.

Yes, I am not happy.

‘Resident Power’ Supplier ‘PNE’ Runs Out Of Money! We Get Screwed. Automatically Switched To PSNH! I Am Not Happy.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Prior ‘Resident Power’ Related Posts:
1/ Resident Power: Possible Alternatives — Jan. 20, 2013.
2/ PSNH Electric Rates Going Up To 10 Cents Per KWH …
>>Dec. 19, 2012.

3/ PSNH To Increase Electric Rates Again? … — Oct. 3, 2012.
4/ We Now Get Electric From N.H. Resident Power — May 24, 2012.
5/ A Plug For N.H. Resident Power. Yes, We Signed Up
>>April 19, 2012.


Click to read full 'Concord Monitor' article.

Click to read full ‘Concord Monitor’ article.


I am devastated. I can’t believe that their Managing Director Bart Fromuth was on here just 32 days ago singing the praises of Resident Power when he must have known that they had issues, with PNE, my supplier.

At least we now know the numbers. Resident Power or PNE  only had 8,500 customers!

Yes, I had a letter saying we are being switched. Too late.

I can’t believe I got sucked in. This is diabolical. I had said all along that: ‘if it was a scam, I wasn’t sure what the angle was‘. I am now mad. Not sure what PSNH will charge us. I know this will end up costing me money. I am sure PSNH will charge me higher rates for some of this. Plus the hassle. Last thing I needed right now.

We just signed up with ENH Power. You have to do it quick, before your next meter reading.

I hate when I get mugged. I was not expecting this. I should have been wary. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is not true.

Have You Heard That NH Gas Tax Could Go Up 12 Cents In 3 Years? Not Passed. They Are Talking About It.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> NH Will Partner With D.C. For Health Insurance Exchanges — Feb. 14, 2013.
>> ‘New Hampshire Health Plan’ Went Up 13% — Jan. 2, 2013.


Click to access full article.

Click to access full article.


I happened to hear this on NHPR on Tuesday. I was quite shocked. This could add up. Still amazes me, each and every time we fill up either of the vehicles and the total is over $60. We have fairly economical cars and we don’t drive much. We have had the Kia Sportage for 8 months and we still haven’t gone past 6,000. [The dealership is going bonkers because they think we are past due to 1st service, at 7,500 miles. I like to see them get agitated. They promised us free oild changes for 2 years. So I am waiting to see what happens when we finally go there in a couple of months.]

If the bill passes the 12 cents will be phased in over 3 years. 4 cents a gallon, year one. So 60 cents more, first year, for every 15 gallons. But, it will add up. I think gas taxes are classed as being regressive; impacts poor people disproportionate more than the rich. I think the argument is that the poor still have to drive to work, to stores etc. They also may have older, less efficient cars. So while they might not drive the big SUV tanks they still have to buy a fair amount of gas.

A hike in the gas tax is probably not the right thing to do. Raise the tolls. Charge out-of-state cars more. Easy-Pass can do that on the fly on their computer.

I have also noticed that wine and liquor prices are slowly, but surely, creeping up. I am sure glad I am not an alcoholic — despite my religious imbibing of one large glass of diluted red wine a day. That is per doctor’s orders. Medicinal.

Also looks like my ‘buddy’, Ed Philpot, Chairman, Belknap Country Commission, might, using a legal challenge, force through the 9% hike in County taxes! I could be wrong, but I get a sneaking feeling that our taxes, at the local level, are going up, up and even higher.

Resident Power: Possible Alternatives. I Am Happy, But I Am Also Diligent.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Prior ‘Resident Power’ Related Posts:
1/ PSNH Electric Rates Going Up To 10 Cents Per KWH …
>>Dec. 19, 2012.

2/ PSNH To Increase Electric Rates Again? … — Oct. 3, 2012.
3/ We Now Get Electric From N.H. Resident Power — May 24, 2012.
4/ A Plug For N.H. Resident Power. Yes, We Signed Up
>>April 19, 2012.

Click to access residentpower.com. So far, very good. No problems. But, will I keep on getting the ‘best’ rate, or will I have to shop and swap?


I went and checked my PSNH bill a few minutes ago. Though I get 'power' from 'Resident Power' (PNE), PSNH still delivers it and I pay the entire bill, as before, electronically, to PSNH. My PNE rate is still the same. I then did some arithmetic.

Last month’s bill confirming that I am paying ‘Resident Power’ 7.695 cents per KwH.


Click to access ENH Power.

Click to access ENH Power.


I am a bit leery of these folks from what I have seen on the Web.

I am a bit leery of these folks from what I have seen on the Web.


We have been with ‘Resident Power‘ since June 2012 and have no complaints. But, I still continue to see folks coming here after doing a search along the lines of ‘Resident Power scam‘. I am really, 98% convinced, that there is no scam.

Yesterday, the Bart Fromuth, the Managing Director of Resident Power left a very informative comment.

A couple of months ago I also had a long e-mail from a ‘North American Power’ broker advocating their company and their rates over Resident Power. He talked a lot about their $50/person referral program comparing it to a ‘Friends and Family’ program of a phone company. That made me slightly uneasy. A power supply company should just be focusing on keeping rates down rather than pushing an ‘expensive’ referral program. I did some incisive Googling. I did not like what I saw. The company is probably very legit, but these ‘brokers’ were cut-throat. WOW.

I had also heard about ENH. Their rates, till October 2013, are fractionally cheaper than what I am currently paying.

So, I am not sure what I will be facing come June. It appears that I can stay with Resident Power — seamlessly; but, will I be getting the best rates. I don’t want it to be like my insurance. The longer i stay with them the more expensive it gets! I will continue to keep an eye on this. IF you know about this stuff please let me know. If it is unbiased I will post it — gladly.

I also worry that PSNH will retaliate by increasing their delivery charges, though I hear that they just reduced them. I do not trust PSNH. Plus, if more people abandon PSNH what will happen to our ‘service’ when we lose power. Will we be down to just their $600K per year VPs and their dogs — and no line crews? In NH there are NO cheap- lunches let alone free lunches. So, by hook or by crook we will end up paying for this cheap power — some other ay. Yes, I head that PSNH has tried, thrice, to introduce an ‘alternate energy’ tax. So, let us stay on our toes, before PSNH steps on them, HARD.

PSNH Electric Rates Going Up To 10 Cents Per KWH. That Is High. Glad I Signed Up For Resident Power.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Prior ‘Resident Power’ Related Posts:
1/ PSNH To Increase Electric Rates Again? … — Oct. 3, 2012.
2/ We Now Get Electric From N.H. Resident Power — May 24, 2012.
3/ A Plug For N.H. Resident Power. Yes, We Signed Up
>>April 19, 2012.

An e-mail I got from 'Resident Power' yesterday, marked urgent. They are right! I checked. I am relieved I am no longer with PSNH. Click to ENLARGE.

An e-mail I got from ‘Resident Power’ yesterday, marked urgent. They are right! I checked. I am relieved I am no longer with PSNH. Click to ENLARGE.


I checked. Saw this in the 'Concord Monitor', dated Dec. 16, 2012. Not sure whether ALL others are as low as they claim. Click to access the article.

I checked. Saw this in the ‘Concord Monitor’, dated Dec. 16, 2012. Not sure whether ALL others are as low as they claim. Click to access the article.


I went and checked my PSNH bill a few minutes ago. Though I get 'power' from 'Resident Power' (PNE), PSNH still delivers it and I pay the entire bill, as before, electronically, to PSNH. My PNE rate is still the same. I then did some arithmetic.

I went and checked my PSNH bill a few minutes ago. Though I get ‘power’ from ‘Resident Power’ (PNE), PSNH still delivers it and I pay the entire bill, as before, electronically, to PSNH. My PNE rate is still the same. I then did some arithmetic.


I am happy. I have been getting ‘power’ from ‘Resident Power‘ since June 2012. So roughly 1/2 year. No problems, no issues — other than the routine outages with PSNH.

I still continue to see folks coming to this blog after doing a Web search for: “Resident Power Scam“. I tried to address this in my prior posts. I have done a fair amount of research on ‘Resident Power’. IF it is a scam, it alludes me — and I tend to be fairly good at being skeptical and paranoid. In my case, I can’t see what the scam can be. I see the rate, each month, that I am getting charged. It is the 12-month contract price I signed up to in May. I pay directly to PSNH. Resident Power does not bill me or get any money from me. They also have no access, whatsoever, to my bank account — as does PSNH, because they direct bill me. So, I am at a loss. If it is a scam, it must be ultra sophisticated that I can’t see it. Not sure what they can be scamming in my case. It is NOT like they can deliver bad electricity or electricity with viruses or Trojan horses in them so that they can spy on the household.

So, my only concern now is what happens in June 2013. My 12 months with Resident Power expires. I assume I have to sign-up again. I am sure they will increase the rate. Maybe that is when the scam kicks in. Maybe they will quote me a price higher than PSNH. I have heard that there are other options. So, I am going to keep an eye. Investigate. IF you have any details as to this SCAM, please let me know. We should publicize it. Thanks. Happy Holidays.

Alton, NH Property Tax ‘Impact’ Has Gone Up 4% Since Last Year, 14.2% Since 2007.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: 23rd Lowest In State! … Nov. 26, 2012.
>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: Highest It Has Been In Last 5 Years.
>> 29.4% Rise Since 2007 — Nov. 19, 2012.
>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate ‘2012’: $13.68/1000 Assessed Value
>>Nov. 14, 2012.

>> Did All Alton Property Assessments Go Up 7% — August 11, 2012.


Here are the actual numbers:

Click to ENLARGE.

What I wanted to establish, for Alton, was the real tax impact, i.e., the increased total tax rate against the change in property values.

That, as anybody who follows NH property tax will tell you is the only way to get a true read.

For 2012 – 2013, following the latest reevaluation of property prices, the total taxable property value base for Alton went down; albeit it, at -0.6%, by not that much, though it is the lowest it has been since 2007.

So, realistically the total tax rate had to go up to compensate for that. That is how it works. That meant the total tax rate had to go up at least 0.6% to maintain par.

The problem is that the Total Tax Rate went up 4.7% — the town portion & the school portion both going up.

Compared to 2007, the tax impact in Alton has gone up 14.2%.

On our road, THE best maintained dirt road in NH, the 21 properties saw an average tax increase (per property) of $352.34 from 2007 to 2012. Maybe that is par for the course. All I know is that my taxes have gone up. I guess most people in Alton don’t really care. It is but mere bagatelle to them no doubt given that Alton is a rich town. I just wanted to see how things stacked up. Since I do it all in Excel, cutting and pasting the data from the State Website, it doesn’t take me long and it makes sure that I keep my Excel skills polished.

The one thing I really would like to find out is how Alton lost $9.2 million in overall property value when most values, as far as I can see, went up. It could be that the default rate has increased. IF I can muster enough courage I will try to broach the subject when I take in my check for the taxes in a couple of weeks. Happy holidays.

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