Massachusetts Bulk Transmission Permitting Process (MA)
The steps of the Massachusetts bulk transmission permitting process are summarized in the chart below. Roll over each section for a summary of the regulations and permits it covers. Click a section to learn more about the required permits and regulations related to that topic.
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Bulk Transmission Development in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts electric grid is part of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Eastern Interconnection. In Massachusetts, the Northeast Power Coordinating Council is the regional entity, under NERC, charged with developing reliability standards and monitoring compliance for all owners, operators and users of the bulk electric system. Massachusetts has one balancing authority: ISO New England (ISO-NE). ISO-NE oversees the operation of the bulk electric power system and transmission lines in Massachusetts.
In Massachusetts, there are investor-owned, independent, and municipal transmission providers, including:
- Eversource that serves the western and Eastern Massachusetts;
- Unitil Corporation that serves the towns of Ashby, and Fitchburg in northern Massachusetts;
- NSTAR that serves southeastern Massachusetts;
- West Boylston Municipal Light Plant that provides transmission services to the town of West Boylston;
- Ashburnham Municipal Light Plant that provides transmission services to the town of Ashburnham.