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Why Project 2015A?

Why Project 2015A?

2015A Provides Capacity and Reliability

  • All MLPs, as load-serving entities, are required to provide capacity to ISO New England
  • 14 MLPs are participating in 2015A as Project Participants for the capacity
  • Capacity must be available to cover the MLP’s peak load, plus a reserve margin
  • The project’s location, in an import-constrained zone, makes it especially valuable to the grid and improves reliability in the region

2015A Stabilizes Rates 

  • Prices in the ISO New England capacity market are volatile; 2015A locks in a price, protecting MLPs against this price volatility
  • Having this capacity reliability resource helps the MLP stabilize rates and plan for the future

2015A is Essential for the Increased Use of Renewable Energy Resources

  • Having the required capacity through 2015A allows MLPs to purchase or own more renewable energy, such as MMWEC solar Project 2020A, Berkshire Wind Phase I and Berkshire Wind Phase II
  • The intermittent nature of renewable sources means they provide very little capacity
  • Because of their intermittent characteristics, ISO-NE allows for only .311 of capacity for every 1 MW of Berkshire Wind, and .117 of capacity for every 1 MW of solar, on an annual average

2015A Aligns with the Massachusetts Decarbonization Roadmap

  • As a flexible fast-start reserve unit, with its state-of-the-art technology, 2015A will produce fewer emissions, displacing existing older, dirtier, fast-start plants when it is called upon to run
  • State and regional officials and stakeholders have identified efficient gas plants like 2015A as necessary to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 – see 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap HERE; see specific references in 2030 Interim Plan and 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap HERE