Consumer Liaison Group discussed the evolution of New England's wholesale electricity markets at March 2018 meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 10:53AM
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The Consumer Liaison Group held its first meeting of the year on March 1, 2018 in New Castle, New Hampshire. Michael Giaimo, Commissioner at the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, opened the meeting with reflections and observations on the CLG and the regional power system over the past decade. The meeting also featuring a panel discussion on the topic, How Have the Region’s Wholesale Electricity Markets Evolved Over Time? Why Should Consumers Care?, as well as an update from ISO New England.

Keynote Address

Giaimo (pictured right) said that the wholesale markets have benefitted the region as a whole, and that those markets and the six states’ public policies have changed the region’s resource mix. A key reason the region restructured was to empower consumers, he said, and that competitive markets have also resulted in billions of dollars being invested in New England and shielded ratepayers from bad investment decisions. Giaimo praised the CLG for its broad reach and many notable speakers.

Panel Discussion

All presentations can be found on the CLG webpage.

ISO New England Update

ISO New England reviewed highlights of the CLG annual report, the 2018 Regional Electricity Outlook and several recent ISO reports. The ISO also shared the key findings in its Operational Fuel Security Analysis, the results of the recent Forward Capacity Auction, and an analysis of wholesale market costs.

2018 Meeting Dates and Locations
Subsequent 2018 meetings are scheduled for June 14, September 20, and December 6 at locations to be announced. The CLG Coordinating Committee has three main goals for 2018:

  1. Send post-meeting emails to the CLG distribution list providing a summary of the meeting and links to all the meeting materials
  2. Explore different ways for the CLG to create additional opportunities for members of the CLG to talk more directly with ISO New England staff; and
  3. Enhance the group’s social media presence using its new Twitter handle. The CLG can be followed on Twitter at @CLG_NE.
Article originally appeared on ISO Newswire (http://isonewswire.com/).
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