The six New England governors have announced a cooperative regional initiative designed to expand energy infrastructure in New England.
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ISO New England recently hosted a meeting of New England state utility commissioners and staff to continue an ongoing dialogue on the importance of electric grid cybersecurity. All six state commissions were represented as well as the New England States Committee on Electricity.
ISO New England began the discussion with a broad overview of its physical and cyber security practices, highlighting the importance of restricting access to sensitive systems and its commitment to mandatory ongoing training for ISO staff.
August 14, 2013, marks the ten-year anniversary of one of the most notable dates in the history of power system operations: the 2003 Northeast Blackout. On this day, more than 50 million people in the US and Canada lost power—and it all happened in a matter of seconds.
On June 17, five New England states announced a collaborative effort to explore expanding the import of large amounts of Canadian hydro power into the region. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont agreed to the regional initiative as a way to help meet carbon emission limits and reduce electricity costs.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued a determination on March 15, 2013, that National Grid and NSTAR should not be required to enter into long-term contracts with developers of electricity generation in Northeast Massachusetts/Greater Boston (NEMA/Boston). The DPU ruled that such a move would only be justified with convincing evidence “that the competitive market had failed and that there were imminent reliability concerns,” conditions that do not exist at this time.