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Eversource Announces Leadership Change in New Hampshire

12/19/2019 10:40 AM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)



News Release


Eversource Announces Leadership Change

in New Hampshire


Bill Quinlan promoted to President of Transmission across the company,

VP of Electric Operations in NH Joe Purington to take over as President of NH Operations


MANCHESTER, N.H. (December 18, 2019) — Eversource today announced that current President of New Hampshire Operations Bill Quinlan will be promoted to President of Transmission and that Joe Purington will succeed Quinlan as the leader of New Hampshire operations. In his new role, Quinlan will oversee all operations and development of the energy company’s transmission system in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, with a focus on facilitating the integration of new clean energy resources. Purington, currently Eversource New Hampshire’s Vice President of Electric Operations, will become President of New Hampshire Operations on January 1, 2020.


“I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead Eversource’s New Hampshire operations, continuing our important work to ensure that the people and businesses of the Granite State have the power they need for their everyday lives,” Purington said. “At Eversource, we’re focused on innovative solutions that lower costs for our customers, enhance reliability, and advance clean energy, and I look forward to working with our dedicated employees and stakeholders across the state to achieve those goals.”


Since joining Eversource in 2014 as Vice President of New Hampshire Operations, Purington has been responsible for overseeing Eversource’s field and system operations, and for ensuring consistent approaches to engineering, construction, and maintenance of Eversource’s electric distribution and transmission system. Under his leadership, the energy company developed a state-of-the-art control center, launched its troubleshooter program to strengthen rapid response during emergencies and outages, installed distribution automation and smart switch technology across the electric system to reduce the number and duration of outages, and created its successful Electrical Lineworker Certificate Program in partnership with Manchester Community College and IBEW. 


Purington previously served as Director of Electric Distribution at Central Maine Power (CMP), a business unit of Iberdola USA, as well as Director of System Operations for CMP, New York State Electric & Gas, and Rochester Gas & Electric. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University and an associate degree in applied science from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute. Purington also serves on the board of Granite United Way.


“I’m proud of all that we have accomplished since 2013 to better meet the needs of our customers in the Granite State, and I look forward to this new opportunity to help ensure that all of our customers benefit from a robust, reliable and resilient transmission system,” Quinlan said. “From completing the restructuring of the electric utility industry and the sale of our generation facilities, to the installation of innovative technologies that enhance the reliability of our electric system and help support a clean energy future, we’ve made great progress over the last several years in New Hampshire.” 


“Joe Purington’s expertise and commitment to serving the people of New Hampshire has been integral to our efforts over the last five years, and I’m confident that the state will continue to benefit from his leadership for years to come,” Quinlan added.


Quinlan first joined Eversource—previously Northeast Utilities—in 1984, and gained extensive experience spanning across his career in the company’s operations, policy, legal, regulatory, technology, and business development. Since becoming President of New Hampshire Operations in 2013, Quinlan led Eversource’s efforts with the State of New Hampshire and other key stakeholders to reach a settlement agreement on the deregulation of the state’s electric utility industry and establish an enhanced reliability program, then successfully oversaw the sale of the company’s generation facilities; championed energy efficiency, battery storage, electric vehicles, and other clean energy innovations; and continued to demonstrate Eversource New Hampshire’s leadership in employee volunteerism, economic development, and community engagement, including leading Eversource’s partnership with Easterseals New Hampshire on their highly successful Walk+5K Run.

Joe Purington.





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