The ISO New England’s 2017 Regional Electricity Outlook was released last week and outlines significant changes the grid will face in the coming years as the region transitions to more natural gas and renewable sources of electric generation.
With the retirement of Pilgrim nuclear power station coming up in 2019, Massachusetts’ ability to meet carbon emission reduction targets is being called into question.
Without additional infrastructure to deliver the reliable, clean energy needed to satisfy demand during the region’s coldest winter months, states may see carbon emissions increase as less efficient, more polluting sources, such as coal and oil, are called upon.
The ISO New England Regional Electricity Outlook also reveals the region’s power sector saw a 2.9 percent increase in its carbon emission rate following the retirement of Vermont Yankee nuclear station in 2014.
New York’s Indian Point joins the ranks of nuclear plants scheduled to close. The plant’s closure means the region will need to replace more than 2,000 megawatts of power by 2021.
ISO-NE, January 2017
The Boston Globe, 13 February 2017
CommonWealth Magazine, 22 February 2017
MassLive.com, 18 February 2017
WAMC, 23 February 2017