Gov. Shumlin calls on ISO New England to make a greater effort to fully utilize renewable energy resources
July 29, 2013 - MONTPELIER - In a letter to ISO New England President and CEO Gordon van Welie, Gov. Peter Shumlin last week expressed his disappointment in the company’s decision to scale back renewable energy production while increasing output from polluting coal and oil power plants during peak energy demand caused by last week’s heat wave. The letter expressed the importance of ISO New England – the operator of the regional electric grid – making decisions that further regional goals of reducing climate change and moving toward energy independence.
“The State of Vermont has implemented policies to increase the production of clean, local, renewable energy projects including wind,” the Governor wrote. “ISO-NE's curtailment of renewable resources at a time when it instead asked for generation from our oldest and dirtiest power sources to shoulder the burden during peak energy usage runs counter to these goals.”
The Governor also called upon ISO New England to partner with states to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and integrate renewables into our regional grid.
To view the Governor's full letter, click here.