HOLYOKE, Mass., Aug. 9, 2002 — ISO New England and NRG Energy have finalized an agreement that permits one of NRG’s generators to be shut down.
ISO New England Inc., which oversees the region’s bulk electric power system, issued the announcement Friday after negotiations with NRG Energy.
The agreement permits one of the Devon units, Unit #10, to deactivate on or after October 1, 2002. The other two units, Units #7 and #8, will not deactivate and will remain available until the ISO gives them 60-day notice that one or both are no longer needed for reliability. This agreement runs through September 30, 2003.
“We are pleased with the collaborative results achieved by ISO New England and NRG and believe that the agreement will protect reliability in southwest Connecticut through the remaining months of this summer,” ISO New England said in a statement.
“However, southwest Connecticut’s situation remains a serious one. Despite the agreement, the inadequate transmission system serving southwest Connecticut could create critical power supply reliability problems for the area’s 52 cities and towns.”
ISO New England will continue its ongoing efforts in southwest Connecticut to promote demand response initiatives and maintain the reliability of the power system in that region.
ISO New England Inc. is the not-for-profit corporation responsible for the day-to-day reliable operation of New England’s bulk generation and transmission systems with an installed capacity of more than 28,000 megawatts.
In addition to operating the bulk power grid, ISO New England is the administrator of the region’s wholesale electricity marketplace and the Open Access Transmission Tariff on behalf of the New England Power Pool.