Anne George of ISO New England will present a talk on "Keeping the Lights On: What is our Energy Future?" at 7 p.m. in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library in Amherst.
Over the past couple of decades, the New England electric power system has been changing. Through the competitive electricity markets, new, and more efficient plants have been built to replace older plants. A large portion of the region's nuclear, coal- and oil-fired power plants have retired and have been replaced by natural-gas fired generation, energy efficiency and renewable resources. In the coming years, the region will see additional power plant retirements and these resources will likely be replaced by natural gas, solar and wind resources. ISO New England is the region’s electricity grid operator and administrator of the wholesale electricity markets. Anne George will discuss the evolution of the power system and the energy-related challenges facing the region.
Anne George is Vice President of ISO New England, in charge of External Affairs and Corporate and Media Communications. ISO-NE is the Independent System Operator charged by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with maintaining and operating the electric grid system in the six state New England region. Before joining the ISO in 2008, she served five years as a Commissioner of the Connecticut Public Utility Control. During this time, Ms. George was active in national and regional bodies, serving as Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Committee on Electricity and as President of the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners. Prior to her role at the Connecticut PUC, Ms. George served as the Governor’s Special Counsel on Energy and Chief Legal Counsel.
This is one of two public talks related to our energy future being sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The second is on December 6.