Federal Agency to Overhaul Electric Grid Planning 

Grid improvements will create cheaper and more reliable electricity

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May 16, 2024 (Boston, MA) – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a new order that will improve electricity grid planning policy across the country. The order requires regional grid operators, including the ISO which operates the New England power grid, to take a more long-term and holistic approach to planning how the electricity grid will operate. Conservation Law Foundation released the following statement in response. 

“This landmark order marks a once-in-a-generation effort to modernize and expand New England’s electricity grid,” said Brad Campbell, CLF President. “We can’t upgrade to our clean energy future without a grid that can handle the increased flow of renewables and demand for electricity. This order can help manage both.”  

The order also gives states a unique voice in transmission planning and development, one which they haven’t had before. Grid operators will now be required to consider state laws and regulations, like the climate laws in place in five of the six New England states, which will help facilitate the planning and building of the grid needed for our clean energy future. Additionally, because New England’s grid is regional, residents in all six states will benefit from grid improvements and expansions that lower energy prices and create a more reliable power system. 

CLF experts are available for further comment.