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ISO-NE Capacity Auction Includes New Resources to Provide Grid Reliability in 2019-2020

LCG, February 12, 2016--ISO New England (ISO-NE) yesterday announced results from its annual capacity auction that show sufficient resources to meet electric demand in 2019-2020 at a lower price, and including over 1,400 MW of new electric generating capacity. The new capacity is needed to compensate for recently retired and retiring generators that total over 4,200 MW by 2019. The retirements include the non-carbon emitting, 680-MW Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. ISO-NE uses the auction to procure future resources to meet forecast demand three years in the future.

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U.S. Supreme Court Halts the EPA's Clean Power Plan

LCG, February 10, 2016--The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, put a hold on the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulation designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 32 percent by 2030. Those opposed to the CPP say the agency is acting beyond its authority and interfering with states? rights.

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Power Outage Hits Boston Moments After Governor Warns Utilities of Fines for Outages

LCG, Aug. 24, 2001--A scant three hours after Massachusetts Acting Gov. Jane M. Swift had officials of the state's electric utilities on the carpet, warning them that they could be fined for power outages that plagued the Bay State this summer, the lights went out for nearly 6,000 customers in the Boston Area.

Swift had called executives of NStar Corp., Massachusetts Electric Co., Fitchburg Gas & Electric Co. and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. to her office to tell them that the state Department of Telecommunications and Energy will hold hearings later this year on power outages suffered by state electric customers this summer.

The Boston Globe reported that Boston alone has suffered more than 500,000 customer-hours of blackouts since July 12. That's the equivalent of every household in Beantown losing power for two hours.

Earlier this month, about 30,000 Boston customers of NStar lost power on a day when temperatures hit 100 and some didn't get it back for two days. "NStar" is the cloak of anonymity adopted by Boston Edison Co. when it reorganized to take advantage of electric deregulation in Massachusetts. When it was called Boston Edison, you knew where it was and what it did.

But NStar and the other utilities aren't moving targets, and Swift warned them that they would be fined if the Telecommunications and Energy Department hearings show this summer's outages could have been avoided.

During the brief interval between the warning and the next outage, Swift told reporters "If in fact the investigation (the DTE) will perform warrants, the penalties would be imposed based on the failures and the disruption of service that happened this summer."

Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin said he wants to find out whether the utilities are violating part of the 1998 electric deregulation law that requires them to maintain staffing and maintenance at 1997 levels. He said his neighborhood alone has had excessive outages for years.

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