Once again, the region’s grid manager has sounded the alarm that New England faces future grid vulnerabilities in the absence of adequate energy infrastructure. In a recent conference call with reporters ISO New England warned voluntary power restrictions and rolling blackouts could become necessary as nuclear plants continue to retire, and that the region will need to rely more heavily on oil and coal plants without additional gas capacity and new sources of power.
New Hampshire lawmakers plan to tackle the state’s high electricity costs during the legislative session this year. The business community continues to call for new infrastructure that would bring electricity into the region and reduce costs for major manufacturers in New Hampshire.
An appeal to the Supreme Court to restrict the use of highway easements for the placement of public utilities raised questions about the impact such a change would have on the utility siting process.
Going green is possible for electric utilities, but maintaining a reliable grid will require cooperation between a variety of power sources, including large-scale hydropower imported from Hydro-Quebec. A realistic renewable generation target, combined with additional renewable hydro from Canada will help the region achieve its decarbonization goals.
Platts, 30 January 2017
WMUR News-9, 29 January 2017
Union Leader, 3 February 2017
Vermont Digger, 5 February 2017