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    Saturday, July 20, 2024

    The ISO-New England grid a backup?

    Since last August, Thomas Quinn, president of NE Edge, LLC, maintained that he did not need backup power due to a proposed connection to Millstone reactors 2 and 3. His lawyer, William McCoy, made the same assertion which was repeated in other news outlets.

    The truth finally caught up with Quinn in statements to Dan Drainville, “Is there enough energy for a data center at Millstone,” (The Day, June 16), when he disclosed information that his “backup” is the ISO-New England grid. Siphoning 300MW via a direct connection to nuclear reactors 2 and 3, will manipulate ISO-New England’s wholesale market and unfairly enrich Dominion and shareholders.

    Secondly, while reactors are out of service the lost nuclear deficit will be additive. Thirdly, while Quinn’s pricing agreement may be with Dominion, he expects to enhance his buildout by switching over to an ISO-New England grid connection at his convenience. While Quinn may be right about available capacity, that has nothing to do with how electricity is marketed and sold to ratepayers.

    Quinn and data center proponents do not really want people to know how that works. Drainville’s patience and skill revealed the truth. Hopefully, readers recognize how he finally caught Quinn’s months of avoidance and continual deflection.

    Bryan Sayles

    Quaker Hill

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