Pembroke: Selectmen float regional electric utility

Pembroke selectman Arthur Boyle noted that towns with municipal electric utilities have fewer storm-related problems than towns that relied on public utilities. So, Monday night he recommended exploring a regional municipal electric utility and his fellow selectmen agreed.

They also agreed they expected to encounter many challenges. Just beginning the exploratory phase of a municipal utility, they did not commit to either electric generation or distribution. They did mention the possibility of wind and/or solar generation on the soon to be capped landfill.

Neighbor Kingston has that combination in early construction on its landfill. The town also shares a possible hydroelectric source with Hanover – the North River, dammed for decades at Luddam’s Ford. Selectmen directed town administrator Ed Thorne to contact Pembroke’s six neighboring towns to assess interest.

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Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.