ISO New England's Unique Responsibilities
ISO New England Inc. helps promote the health of New England's economy and protect the well-being of its people by ensuring the constant availability of electricity, today and for future generations.
ISO New England, the independent, nonprofit Regional Transmission Organization for the six-states of New England, is authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to:
- Reliably operate the New England bulk electricity grid, which consists of approximately 32,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity generating resources and 8,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. Think of ISO New England as the air traffic controller for generation and distribution of electricity in New England.
Yet we own none of the infrastructure whose operations we direct centrally from the ISO's state-of-the-art regional control center—infrastructure such as power plants, hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, transmission lines, and other power resources.
- Design, administer, and monitor the region's $10 plus billion wholesale electricity markets. Here, the ISO acts as an electronic auction house for buying and selling electricity at the wholesale level.
The operation of the markets must be fair and effective for the hundreds of companies participating in these markets.
- Manage comprehensive regional electric power planning for the future expansion of this dynamic system to keep up with New England's growing appetite for electricity.
In each of these areas, ISO New England works with hundreds of other companies participating in New England's dynamic energy industry.
By maintaining strict financial independence from any market participant, we are able to serve as an impartial link among the many organizations that produce, move and distribute electricity to New England consumers.