Friday, September 25, 2015 -
9:00am to 12:30pm
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New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable

Mark your calendars for the September 25th Roundtable! Registration for both in-person attendance and live web-streaming will open on August 18th. Stay tuned for an announcement that week with registration instructions and links.

Panel I: Grid Modernization Plans for Massachusetts Utilities

Our first panel will examine the forthcoming Grid Modernization plans to be filed at the Massachusetts DPU in August by Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil. The utilities' plans will likely cover a wide range of grid modernization actions and activities, including the integration of distributed resources, advanced metering functionality, grid modernization demonstration projects, and cost recovery for grid modernization investments, and will be presented by the following speakers:

• Camilo Serna, VP of Strategic Planning & Policy, Eversource

• Peter Zschokke, Director of Regulatory Strategy, National Grid

• Justin Eisfeller, Director of Energy Measurement & Control, Unitil

Next, we will hear comments about the filed plans from the following key stakeholders, before opening the discussion to all six panelists and the audience:

• Rebecca Tepper, Deputy Chief, Energy & Environment, MA AGO

• Janet Gail Besser, VP, Policy & Government Affairs, NECEC

• Daniel Sosland, President, Acadia Center

Panel II: Jump Ball: Competing New England Electric Winter Reliability Program Proposals

Our second panel focuses on the future of ISO New England's Winter Reliability Program for 2016-2018.  On July 15, under the "jump ball" provision of the Participant's Agreement, ISO New England and NEPOOL jointly submitted competing proposals for FERC to resolve. The primary difference between the two proposals relates to the types of resources that are eligible to receive compensation under the winter reliability program. NEPOOL's proposal is based on the design of last winter's program, and includes three main components: (1) compensation for certain oil inventory that remains in New England following the end of each winter period; (2) compensation for LNG contract volumes; and (3) a supplemental demand response program.

The ISO's proposal shares the first two design features of NEPOOL's proposal, but additionally would provide compensation for any generator that is supplied by on-site fuel. Therefore, the ISO's proposal would eliminate the demand response component, and provide compensation not only for fuel, oil and LNG, but also for nuclear, hydro, biomass, and coal-fired resources. Andrew Gillespie, Principal Analyst for Market Development at ISO New England, will present ISO-New England's proposal, and Jeff Bentz, Director of Analysis at NESCOE, will present the competing NEPOOL proposal.

The Roundtable registration policies introduced last fall will continue:

  1. We are capping attendance and requiring pre-registration, which will open on August 18.
  2. The general admission fee for this Roundtable is $65 (A discounted fee of $35 is available for government & non-profit employees, students, retirees, and low-income individuals).
  3. Both in-person attendance and live web-streaming will continue to be free for sponsors, but sponsors will have to pre-register like everyone else. Click here to attend the Roundtable in person. Click here to Webstream the Roundtable live.

Tickets are non-transferable. If you registered but won't be able to attend, please let us know ASAP so we can allow someone from the waiting list to take your place. Refunds will be accepted up to 48 hours before the start of the Roundtable. To cancel your registration or get a refund, please reply to your confirmation email or contact

Contact Name: 

Susan Rivo

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Harvard University
Center for the Environment

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