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ISO-NE staff brief legislators throughout New England

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.

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Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island select projects to move forward under Clean Energy RFP

On October 24, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island released their evaluation of the projects submitted in response to the Clean Energy Request for Proposals (RFP) and announced that they collectively selected projects that represent approximately 460 megawatts (MW) of clean energy for New England’s wholesale market. Projects selected must successfully complete contract negotiations by mid-January 2017 and submit contracts for regulatory approval by March 1, 2017, before final acceptance.

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Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island receive strong response to Clean Energy RFP

Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island received more than 30 project proposals from bidders responding to the three-state request for proposals (RFP) for clean energy and transmission projects issued on November 12, 2015. Public versions of the bids submitted by the January 28, 2016 bid submission deadline have been posted to the Clean Energy RFP website.

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Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker visits ISO-NE, tours control room

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker met with Philip Shapiro, ISO New England’s board chairman; Gordon van Welie, ISO New England president and CEO; and staff for about an hour on September 15, 2015, to learn about the ISO’s responsibilities. van Welie said the ISO was pleased to be able to showcase its state-of-the-art control room and the highly-trained system operators who keep the electricity flowing in the six-state region. ISO-NE Board Chair Philip Shapiro added that the ISO stands ready to provide its expertise to Massachusetts and the other New England states as they address complex regional energy challenges.

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New England’s governors release six-state action plan to address energy infrastructure needs

The New England governors convened a Northeast Forum on Regional Energy Solutions on April 23, 2015, in Hartford, Connecticut, to discuss regional energy challenges and potential solutions. The forum’s public session included two panels, one focused on New England’s energy infrastructure challenges, and the other focused on regional collaboration to support energy infrastructure solutions.

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ISO-NE CEO discusses the grid’s progress, challenges ahead on New Hampshire Public Radio show

On May 29, Gordon van Welie, president and chief executive officer of ISO New England, was a guest on the live New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) talk show, “The Exchange.” During the hour-long program, hosted by Laura Knoy, van Welie discussed challenges facing the New England power grid, including region’s increased dependence on natural gas to produce electricity, the upcoming retirement of power plants, and integrating more renewable energy sources like solar and wind. He also fielded questions from listeners who called in.

Listen to the interview, and read the related posting on the NHPR website.