Viewpoint: ISO threatens blackouts every year. Here’s why there aren’t any.

The warnings come like clockwork every year: Without access to more fossil fuels, New Englanders are facing blackouts. And, every year, media outlets from Connecticut to Maine duly report the alarming news.

Except there are never any rolling blackouts.

These warnings come from Gordon van Welie, the head of ISO-New England, the organization overseeing the six-state electric power grid. Since at least 2014, he’s been claiming every single year that we could freeze in the dark because we don’t…


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