THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION – DW 21-090 – ABENAKI WATER COMPANY, INC. AND AQUARION COMPANY – Joint Petition for Approval of the Acquisition of Abenaki Water Company by Aquarion Company – 6-23-21

Jun 23, 2021 by Debra A. Howland New Hampshire


On May 4, 2021, the Commission issued an order of notice in this matter. The Commission issued a supplemental order of notice in this matter on June 4, 2021.

This supplemental order of notice updates the previous order of notice due to the expiration of the declared State of Emergency on June 11, 2021. With the expiration of the State of Emergency, the Commission must now comply with all requirements of RSA chapter 91-A, including the requirement that a quorum of a public body must be physically present at the location specified as the location of the public meeting in the meeting notice.  The Commission is aware that not all parties, including regulated utilities, have returned to full in-person work environments. Therefore, for the foreseeable future, the Commission intends to provide a hybrid approach to hearings to accommodate those who are remote and those who are physically present. A quorum of commissioners will be physically present within a hearing room for all Commission hearings beginning June 14, 2021. In order to facilitate the hybrid approach, all parties participating in the hearing room will continue to participate on the web-enabled platform. Parties and the public may continue to participate in hearings remotely using the Commission’s web-enabled platform.

Based upon the foregoing, it is hereby

ORDERED, that the Commission will hold a hearing in this matter at its offices located at 21 S. Fruit St., Suite 10, Concord, New Hampshire, on June 28, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.  Commissioners will be present in the hearing room and will use a web-enabled platform to conduct the hearing. Members of the public who wish to access the hearing remotely may do so by clicking here.  If you have any difficulty obtaining remote access to this hearing, please notify the Commission by calling (603) 271-2431 as soon as possible. Parties and members of the public wishing to attend the hearing in person are encouraged to register in advance, on or before June 25, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., by calling (603) 271-2431. Parties will be provided with additional instructions prior to the hearing; and it is

FURTHER ORDERED, that pursuant to N.H. Admin. R., Puc 203.12, Abenaki Water Company, Inc. and Aquarion Company shall notify all persons desiring to be heard at the June 28, 2021, hearing by publishing a copy of this supplemental order of notice on their websites no later than one business day after the date of issue, such publication to be documented by affidavit filed with the Commission on or before June 28, 2021. In addition, the Executive Director shall publish this order of notice on the Commission’s website no later than one business day after the date of issue.

By order of the Public Utilities Commission of New Hampshire this twenty-third day of June, 2021

Debra A. Howland

Debra A. Howland
Executive Director

Individuals needing assistance or auxiliary communication aids due to sensory impairment or other disability should contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, NHPUC, 21 S. Fruit St., Suite 10, Concord, New Hampshire 03301-2429; 603-271-2431; TDD Access: Relay N.H. 1-800-735-2964. Notification of the need for assistance should be made one week prior to the scheduled event.

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Docket#: 21-090
Printed: 6/23/2021

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About Aquarion Water Company

Aquarion Water Company is the public water supply company for more than 750,000 people in 72 cities and towns in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  It is the largest investor-owned water utility in New England and among the seven largest in the U.S.  Based in Bridgeport, CT, Aquarion has been in the public water supply business since 1857.  Across its operations, Aquarion strives to act as a responsible steward of the environment and to assist the communities it serves in promoting sustainable practices.  Aquarion Water Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eversource.