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Environmental Commitment
Our Environmental Policy
Stewardship
Promoting Transparency in Our Operations
Energy Efficiency
Waste Minimization
PCB Removal
WasteWise
Safety Commitment
Safety First and Always





Environmental Performance

Environmental Research

NU actively supports research into environmentally responsible practices and technologies that benefit. Examples of recent activities include:

  • NU supported the development of wind energy resource maps for New England. The maps are available at no cost to the public and help promote development of clean, renewable energy in the region. The maps are available online through the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative website.

  • Incorporation of a new technology for performing site investigations at the former sites of manufactured gas plants. The Tar Green Optical Screening Tool (TarGOST) uses a laser-induced fluorescence to immediately determine the presence of coal tar and its relative concentration. The technology allows for rapid assessment of site conditions, streamlining the site investigation process and ultimately creating a more thorough evaluation.

  • Funding of a variety of Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) projects for environmental science and technology research, including health assessments of electric and magnetic fields.

  • PSNH’s Merrimack Station has funded research into mercury reduction using sorbant injection technology. Baseline testing is currently under way. The project is expected to reduce mercury emitted from the Unit 2 stack until a wet scrubber technology becomes operational at the facility in 2013.

  • Yankee Gas has partnered with Fisher Controls, Inc. to utilize “smart” regulators that regulate fluctuations in pressure due to temperature changes, reducing the amount of gas lost to the atmosphere.



 


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