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Reminder: Next Regional System Plan to be issued in 2017; no 2016 public meeting or report

Article originally published in March 2016: ISO-NE transitions from annual to biennial publication of comprehensive report on system planning for New England

In response to stakeholder requests, ISO New England will be publishing the next Regional System Plan (RSP) in 2017. The RSP summarizes the region’s progress to date in upgrading the power system to help ensure reliability and forecasts future needs and how they may be addressed. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the change in a March 11 letter order.

The RSP is the product of a collaborative process with industry representatives and other stakeholders to analyze power system needs and solutions over a 10-year planning period. With stakeholder input, the ISO explored whether developing a report every other year would be sufficient, given that the forecasts, analyses, and other planning inputs to the RSP are produced continually, as well as the success to date of previous RSPs in guiding development of a reliable transmission system for New England. See the ISO’s January 29 filing.

Not changing is the ISO’s timing for assessments of the transmission system and other work related to regional system planning. And documents such as the RSP project list, the annual load forecast, and other annual planning inputs will continue to be published on the ISO website as they are completed over the course of the year. See the Regional System Plan and Related Analysis webpage, CELT Reports, and other webpages in the Plans and Studies section.