In addition to the engineering studies conducted regularly to ensure long-term reliability of the region’s bulk power system, ISO New England conducts up to three economic studies annually at the request of regional stakeholders. Each study analyzes the economic impacts of a power system scenario developed by those requesting the study. Each study’s scope of work and assumptions of future conditions are largely defined by the requestors, with input from both the Planning Advisory Committee and ISO New England.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and representatives from the electric industry met to discuss regional energy challenges at the 2015 Regional System Plan Public Meeting at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on September 10, 2015. ISO New England holds the meeting annually to review the draft Regional System Plan, a comprehensive report on the status of the region’s power grid and trends for the next 10 years.
ISO New England has selected the Eversource (formerly Northeast Utilities) and National Grid alternating current (AC) transmission proposal as the preferred transmission solution to bolster the region’s power grid in the Greater Boston area to ensure continued reliability into the future. The all-AC proposal was chosen over another proposal supported by New Hampshire Transmission (NHT), which included the use of both AC and underwater, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) components. The AC plan was ultimately selected because it is significantly less expensive and also because it is superior when other performance criteria are considered.
On December 31, 2012, Michael Henderson, Director of Regional Planning and Coordination at ISO New England, stepped down as chair of the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC is a regional, public forum for stakeholders to provide input on New England’s power system planning process.