Electric grid managers to discuss system in flux

Gov. Charlie Baker cited a link between economic growth and a sustainable, affordable supply of energy

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BOSTON (SHNS) – The benefits and risks of the “dramatic transformation” underway in the region’s energy landscape will be the focus of a media briefing Wednesday.

ISO New England President Gordon van Welie plans to host the 11 a.m. informational briefing, the regional grid manager announced on Monday.

According to ISO New England, which operates the region’ bulk power system, the transformation stems from a growing dependence on natural gas, the retirements of coal- and oil-fired and nuclear plants, and the growth of renewable and distributed energy resources.

During his inaugural address Jan. 8, Gov. Charlie Baker cited a link between economic growth and a sustainable, affordable supply of energy. “As we begin the New Year, families and businesses across New England are being hit with unprecedented increases in their energy and electric bills.

At exactly the same time energy prices across the rest of the country are falling. This increase is being driven in large part by inadequate delivery systems, the result of poor planning and coordination,” Baker said, addressing a joint meeting of the House and Seante. “I look forward to working with my colleagues here in Massachusetts and with leaders like Governor Raimondo of Rhode Island as well as the other New England Governors to solve this problem while we continue to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Reporters wishing to participate Wednesday may register and obtain call-in information by contacting Rebecca Johson by 9 a.m. Wednesday at rjohnson@iso-ne.com.

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