HOLYOKE, Mass.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--ISO New England Inc., the operator of the region’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets, will host a public forum on this year’s draft Regional System Plan for the New England power grid on Thursday, September 12, 2013, at The Colonnade Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.
Developed through an open stakeholder process that involves New England state regulators and policymakers, companies doing business in the marketplace, and other interested stakeholders, the 2013 Regional System Plan presents the forecast for New England’s electricity needs over the next 10 years and describes how generation, demand-side resources, and transmission upgrades can help meet these needs. Each plan identifies improvements on a regional and location-specific basis that are necessary to maintain a reliable power grid and comply with national and regional planning standards.
In addition to the overview of the draft plan for review and comment, the meeting will also feature a keynote address by Daniel Esty, commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. A panel discussion featuring state regulators and top industry experts will explore the challenges presented by the growing quantities of distributed generation, including solar installations, and how to address the challenges of integrating these mostly small, intermittent sources of power into the New England electric grid. The final 2013 Regional System Plan is expected to be issued in October.
Forum – 2013 Regional System Plan
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
Registration: Register to attend (note: to register, you must have an ISO-TEN account).
Note to media: Media interested in attending should contact Ellen Foley, Marcia Blomberg, or Lacey Ryan for more information.
Created in 1997, ISO New England is the independent, not-for-profit corporation responsible for the reliable operation of New England’s electric power generation and transmission system, overseeing and ensuring the fair administration of the region’s wholesale electricity markets, and managing comprehensive regional electric power planning.