On land, 97 percent of that wind power is proposed for Maine, which still requires significant power line improvements to get electricity from wind-rich areas to population centers. The same goes for getting Canadian hydropower into the New England system.
“Connecting wind farms in northern New England or bringing hydro energy from Canada will require extensive transmission expansion, which will be costly and take years to build,” van Welie said.
Considering offshore wind projects proposed for the coast of Massachusetts, Maine wind projects make up 62 percent of planned wind power additions, as of January.
While ISO-New England doesn’t have direct oversight of the competitive market, van Welie said the organization has worked on developing new pricing systems he said can help preserve a competitive market he said is threatened by states giving long-term contracts to renewable power generators...................