Snowed-in and disappointed I cannot attend the 2019 NEPGA Energy Summit today
- Dec 2, 2019 5:05 pm GMT
The weather forecasters were spot on in their predictions of a Northeaster winter storm and I’m snowed-in, unable to attend the 2019 NEPGA Energy Summit in Boston, which I was really looking forward to. This happens occasionally when you live on the side of a Mountain (East Mountain) and a large snowfall overwhelms the city DPW plowing operations. But I won’t let that stop me from sharing with my readers what I intended to share with other attendees of the Summit, so here goes.
There’s no need to reiterate everything we’ve been hearing and reading about for the past year in the press about the problems with capacity markets as expressed in letters from Senators, Attorney Generals, ISO New England and other stakeholder issues. In my opinion, the time has come to focus on designing solutions that will achieve a two-part goal: Satisfy State Energy Targets for emission free energy AND ensure that we have reliable electricity at our fingertips, at a just and reasonable $ amount for all (consumers, generators, TSO, etc.). In an attempt to start an open dialogue and focus on solution design, I want to put all of my cards on the table for all to see. Some people believe a carbon tax is the best solution to achieve State energy targets. I believe there is a better solution available, a capacity exchange, like REBA and Level Ten have implemented, operated by ISO’s, that co-optimizes procurement of renewable energy to meet State Energy targets along with essential grid services needed for reliability, all at the most reasonable $ amount.
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