The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the governing body that has authority over ISO-NE, our regional energy grid operator. FERC currently has TWO open proceedings that will have huge implications on our energy system for years to come:
- ISO-NE is attempting to delay eliminating a policy (called the Minimum Offer Price Rule, or MOPR) that privileges fossil fuel projects in our energy market, making it very hard for big renewable energy projects to come online. This new decision would essentially prevent wind and solar from receiving payments from our grid operator until 2028, making these projects nearly impossible. FERC needs to tell ISO-NE to get rid of MOPR now.
- The most recent annual ISO-NE energy auction took place in February, and again the Merrimack Generating Station in Bow, NH was selected to receive subsidies to stay online. This coal plant emits as much CO2 in one hour as the average American does in 26 years. ISO-NE needs to stop using ratepayer money to prop up polluting power plants.
The public comment period for both of these issues is open now – it is critical that FERC hear from as many people as possible so that they use their power to protect our communities and our future.
Join the Fix the Grid Campaign for a FERC Comment Party on Thursday, April 14 at 7pm on Zoom to ask any questions you have, draft your comment, and get support through the tricky FERC submission process.