As elected officials kick off their 2017 legislative sessions, several energy committees have invited ISO New England to give briefings on issues related to the regional electric grid. The ISO's External Affairs representatives are traveling throughout the region to provide the committees an overview of the bulk power system, including power system operations, transmission planning, and wholesale electricity markets, as well as data and information pertinent to the respective states. The presentations also highlight what the ISO has identified as the top reliability risks to the region’s electric grid: inadequate natural gas infrastructure, the retirement of non-gas-fired power plants, and maintaining reliability as increasing amounts of distributed and intermittent resources come online.
So far this year, External Affairs representatives have presented to:
- New Hampshire’s House Committee on Science, Technology, and Energy;
- Connecticut’s Energy and Technology Committee
- Maine’s Joint Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology; and
- Vermont’s Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy and Vermont’s House Committee on Energy and Technology
The ISO anticipates presenting in the other New England states as the year progresses.
Also available for download:
- The New England Power Grid 2016–2017 Profile, a one-sheet summary of key facts and figures on the region’s demand growth, resource mix, transmission development, and wholesale electricity prices
- The New England Power Grid 2016-2017 State Profiles, a one-sheet summary of key facts and figures on demand growth, resource mix, and environmental goals for each New England state