Wholesale Market Design

Written Comments Received

Request for Written Comments

The New England states request written comments on the topics and discussions addressed in the two technical forums held on wholesale market design on January 13, 2021 and January 25, 2021. Links to the recordings and presentations are available at https://newenglandenergyvision.com/wholesale-market-design/.

We welcome any feedback you may choose to provide. We ask that, to the extent your comment supports a particular market design or approach, including any that were not discussed at the technical forums, the written comments include a high level overview of the steps (including sequencing) necessary for implementing such an approach.

Written comments are due by February 24, 2021 and may be submitted to WholesaleEnergy@NewEnglandEnergyVision.com. Written comments will be posted publicly on this website after this deadline.

Day 2 Wholesale Market Design Technical Forum Recording

Meeting Recording:

Day 2 Technical Forum Presentations

Day 2 Technical Forum Final Agenda

Day 1 Technical Forum Recording (Due to a technical issue, the “Welcome and Opening Remarks” session to begin the technical forum is not recorded)

Presentations from Day 1 Technical Forum

Overview of State Energy Laws, Policies, Perspectives – State Presentations

NEPOOL, ISO-NE, and NESCOE Presentations

Final Agenda for the January 13, 2021

Wholesale Markets Design Technical Forum

Below we provide the final agenda for the January 13, 2021 Wholesale Markets Design technical forum.  The final agenda for the January 25, 2021 Wholesale Markets Design technical forum will be posted at a later date.

Registration links for the Wholesale Markets Design Technical Forums

Registration links for the Wholesale Market Design technical forums are listed below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Final agendas will be posted at a later time.

Wholesale Markets Technical Forum Day 1: January 13, 2021 (9am to 2pm)

Register in advance for the January 13th technical forum here: Wholesale Markets Day 1 (1/13) Zoom Registration Link.

Wholesale Markets Technical Forum Day 2: January 25, 2021 (12:30pm to 6pm)

Register in advance for the January 25th technical forum here: Wholesale Markets Day 2 (1/25) Zoom Registration Link.

Draft Notice of Technical Forum on Wholesale Market Design Reforms

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Maine Governor’s Energy Office, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, and Vermont Department of Public Service (collectively, State Agencies) jointly announce two technical forums to be held on January 13, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and on January 25, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM that will focus on wholesale market design reforms needed in the New England region to more effectively advance the priorities outlined in the New England States’ Vision for a Clean, Affordable, and Reliable 21st Century Regional Electric Grid (Vision Statement).

The New England States remain concerned that the existing market design in New England is not fully capable of adapting to the rapidly transitioning resource mix and consumer investments in clean energy and decarbonization.  This misalignment of the existing market design with some state policies will lead, and for some states has already led, to higher costs for ratepayers and hinders the implementation of various states’ clean energy laws and policies.  Through these technical forums, the States intend to gather information that will inform ongoing (or yet to be implemented) processes for developing a more consumer and state-responsive wholesale energy market.

Interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments following the conferences. Further details regarding when and how to submit written comments will be forthcoming.  Subsequently, the State Agencies will issue a joint summary of the issues identified and explanation of the potential solutions explored. 

Given the ongoing pandemic, the State Agencies will host these technical forums in an online format with precise details to follow in a subsequent announcement.  We welcome feedback on these proposed agendas, especially to the extent that any important topics are missing. Any feedback should be sent to WholesaleEnergy@NewEnglandEnergyVision.com by December 22, 2020.   

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