BRAINTREE − The Braintree Electric Light Department is hoping to close its Potter II generating station by 2023, the municipal utility’s General Manager Bill Bottiggi told the town council Tuesday night.
Bottiggi said that under rules set by ISO New England, which manages the local power grid, utilities which have plants that are not operating during times of electrical scarcity are subject to fines which are scheduled to increase sharply in the coming years. Potter II, which operated for 16 days last year and takes six hours to staff and to reach full capacity, doesn’t make economic sense in the present market. The utility’s two Watson generators can be started up within 10 minutes, he said.
“This market is designed to crush old generation and get it to retire,” he said.
The utility had been looking at replacing Potter with a Watson III generating station, but Bottiggi said those plans have been dropped due to likely opposition from environmental groups.
“It’s tough to do anything with fossil generation,” he said. (read more)
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