|Vermont ISO-NE Meeting on Transmission|
Note: this is a screen shot. The links in the graphic don't work.
Update: Many people were frustrated because the links in the graphic above do not work. I had working links available, but they were at the bottom of the post. I am moving them to the top of the post in this update.
Here are links that work.
Woodstock Inn & Resort
Mary "Weezie" Nuara
Note: if you have trouble registering, I suggest you email Weezie Nuara. Please register in advance because ISO-NE provides a lunch, and they need a headcount.
Now, back to writing about the meeting itself!
Governor Scott will be special guest at ISO-NE meeting in Vermont
The Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) of ISO-NE holds a public meeting every quarter. On September 7, a little less than two weeks from now, the meeting will be in Vermont. (I am on the Coordinating Committee for CLG.)
I hope you can attend. The meeting is free, and includes a lunch. The CLG is the "consumer's voice" for ISO-NE, and this will be a very special meeting.
Governor Scott will speak. He almost certainly will not speak about nuclear power, but I will never forget that he was one of four Vermont senators who voted in favor of continued operation of Vermont Yankee. You can see a short video of his statement at the time of the vote: it's on my blog post Hello Governor Scott, and Goodbye Shumlin.
FERC Order 1000: A public discussion
The main part of this meeting will be a discussion of FERC Order 1000. This order could lead to huge and expensive changes on the grid, and almost nobody knows about it. The basic idea of FERC 1000 is that grid operator (ISO-NE, for example) can order states to pay for transmission lines that are needed for "policy" not just "reliability."
In the past, if a grid operator showed that a new transmission line was needed for grid reliability, the grid operator could spread the payments for that line throughout the states in the grid region. So the line might be only located in one state, but if it was needed for reliability, all the New England states would bear the cost. The grid operator used clear engineering criteria for "the line is needed for reliability."
With FERC 1000, if a transmission line is needed for "policy," the grid operator can also force the states to share the cost of the transmission line. Say that a state has a policy of bringing in wind power from a neighboring state. That state can now commandeer all the states in the grid to pay for the new line. The line is state "policy," after all. Actually, the grid operator would do the commandeering, but the idea is the same.
In Vermont on September 7, many knowledgeable people will be discussing FERC 1000 in public. This is a rare and important event.
I have more about FERC 1000 in this blog post from earlier this year. That post is somewhat out of date, since New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) recently lost their FERC 1000 lawsuit against FERC. A representative from NESCOE will speak at the upcoming meeting.