© 2023 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Regional Power Operator Provides Brief on State of Grid

ISO-New England
ISO-New England's control room.

New England's electricity grid operator said natural gas pipeline bottlenecks and retirement of aging power plants could put pressure on the price of energy.

Credit ISO-New England
ISO-New England
Natural gas has fueled much of the new generating capacity in New England since 1997.

Gordon van Welie, president and chief executive officer of ISO-New England, the region's Massachusetts-based power grid operator, said Wednesday that the region has benefited from transmission system upgrades since 2002.

Van Welie said at the grid operator's annual briefing to the media that a mild winter and falling oil prices have so far helped push down energy prices. But winter has eight weeks to go, and energy use and prices could spike.

Power plants are increasingly relying on natural gas, boosting demand that has led to pipeline bottlenecks, which have led to price increases. The region is also losing several non-gas energy resources.

Credit ISO-New England
ISO-New England
The New England region is seeing the retirement of many energy sources.

Connecticut and Rhode Island regulators have approved electricity rate increases due to rising natural gas demand and the need to account for higher costs.

This report includes information from The Associated Press.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.

Related Content