CONCORD, N.H. — The boilers behind Concord Steam will go cold next week, marking the first time in New Hampshire history that a public heating utility will go out of business.

Concord Steam will shut down at midnight May 31, nearly 80 years after it was founded. The company’s customer base has been dwindling in recent years due to rate increases and a state investigation into safety code violations at its wood-burning plant, and its sale to Liberty Utilities was announced in July.

The Concord plant heats about 25 state office buildings, including the Statehouse. The Concord Monitor ( reports that pipes around the Statehouse will be the last to stay active as it will take a few years to switch over to newer pipes and a newer boiler for the historic buildings.

Information from: Concord Monitor,

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