The Attorney General’s Office represents electricity users like you before ISO New England, the organization that makes the rules for buying and selling energy in New England. Those rules play a major role in shaping Massachusetts’ energy future and our ability to fight climate change.
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How can I make a difference?
The Attorney General’s Office represents electricity users like you before ISO New England.
Make your voice heard. Tell ISO New England that you want market rules to promote affordable clean energy, healthy communities, and climate protection. Sign the petition here.
What is the “energy system”?
Everything you do – from turning on the lights, to heating your home and fueling your car – requires energy. We meet many of our energy needs with electricity. Electricity flows to our homes and businesses over a large network of wires. That network connects electricity users, like you, with electricity generators, such as power plants, wind farms, and solar energy facilities. The whole system is also known as the “electric grid.”
What is ISO New England?
Keeping electricity flowing across Massachusetts requires a lot of coordination.
Independent system operators (or “ISOs”) are independent, not-for-profit organizations that manage, monitor, and plan the day-to-day operations of regional energy systems.
ISO New England is the system operator for the New England region, which includes Massachusetts, as well as Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and most of Maine.
ISO New England makes the rules for buying and selling energy in New England. Those rules affect what types of energy power our energy system.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an independent federal agency, regulates and oversees ISO New England’s activities.
Where does our electricity come from?
Fossil fuels such as gas and oil have historically been used to generate much of New England’s electricity. But cleaner, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are rapidly growing in our region.
Whether our energy system uses clean energy or fossil fuels matters. Dirty fossil fuels cost Massachusetts residents more in pollution, health harms, and climate impacts.