Rigged auctions may delay MA renewables: The Climate Minute

The people who manage New England’s electrical grid seem to have rigged important auctions to favor fossil fuel interests. The alphabet soup of committees and commissions make it hard to understand, but ISO-NE should rescind the MOPR, and FERC should make them. Listen to hear an expert de-mystify that jargon. You can email FERC at [email protected]

What to do:

  • Ask your governor to demand that ISO-New England adopt regional reforms to stop hindering state clean energy policy now, and to adopt accountability changes to increase transparency at ISO-New England.
  • Ask your governor to increase transparency and accountability at the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE), which chose not to oppose an additional two-year delay in eliminating the harmful Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR).  In the future, NESCOE should be required to make its positions and reasoning known publicly prior to key votes regarding regional energy reforms.
  • Ask FERC to direct ISO-New England to eliminate the discriminatory Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) as quickly as possible.  You can email FERC at [email protected] now or submit an eComment after ISO-New England files its plan at FERC in early March.  Until ISO-New England files its plan at FERC, there will not be a docket number, but here is a description of how to file comments in another past proceeding: here is how to description of how to file comments, taken from a different recent past proceeding. It will be the same process here with a new docket number. 

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre

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