Northeast Governors Call For Power Grid Reform

Oct 15, 2020

Governors of five Northeast states are calling for reforms of the operator of the region’s power grid, ISO New England.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says the system has actively hindered efforts to decarbonize the grid and imposed burdensome costs on taxpayers. Lamont joined in a statement with the governors of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont.

Earlier this year, Connecticut attorney general William Tong said ISO New England has labeled every project since 2011 as an emergency — which allowed them to limit bidding and unfairly block competition. The regional grid runs mostly on natural gas.

The nonprofit committee that represents the states in energy matters plans to release more details on proposed reforms later this week.