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Massachusetts Grid Modernization

Building Tomorrow’s Smarter, Stronger, Cleaner Grid Today

Read our Future Grid Executive Summary (Jan. 2024) 

Massachusetts leads the nation in driving the clean energy transition and combatting climate change.  The Commonwealth has set ambitious targets to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 prioritizing energy efficiency and electrification powered by solar and wind and reducing fossil fuel use in all sectors of the economy, while building a more resilient energy system for all Bay Staters.

At National Grid, we are committed to delivering the clean energy transition affordably, fairly and reliably.  To do that, we are building a smarter, stronger and cleaner energy system to connect more clean and renewable energy to the grid and to connect our customers to innovative energy solutions that meet their needs.

 

How Does the Grid Work and How is it Changing?

First, it’s important to understand how our electric grid operates and how it is changing. For decades, to deliver power to your home or business, there are three primary components: generation, transmission and distribution.

Generation
windmill next to house

Generation is the production of electrical energy from various energy sources.

Transmission

transmission lines

Transmission involves the movement of this energy over very long distance with very high voltage.

Distribution

substation with transmission lines

Distribution takes high voltage electricity and passes it though substations, reducing the voltage to levels that can be delivered safely to your home or business.

 

The combination of these components is what is known as the grid. It is changing from a one-way system designed to carry electricity from generating units to homes and businesses, to a smarter, two-way super-highway with many on-ramps and off-ramps.

What is Grid Modernization?

We’re developing plans to achieve the Commonwealth’s goal for each electric company to develop an electric-sector modernization plan (ESMP).

Our five-year, ten-year and long-range plans and forecasts focus on:

  • improving grid reliability, communications, and resiliency;
  • enabling increased, timely adoption of renewable energy and distributed energy resources;
  • promoting energy storage and electrification technologies necessary to decarbonize the environment and economy;
  • preparing for future climate-driven impacts on the transmission and distribution systems;
  • accommodating increased transportation electrification, increased building electrification, and other potential future demands on distribution and, where applicable, transmission systems; and
  • minimizing or mitigating impacts on the ratepayers of the commonwealth.

Engaging our Customers and Communities

At National Grid, we consider our customers and communities an integral partner in developing and implementing our clean energy transition plans. We continue to build relationships by listening, learning, and incorporating your feedback into our planning process.

You are invited to listen in to the upcoming stakeholder workshops and technical conferences, learn more about the ESMPs, and the transition to clean energy, and hear firsthand from a broad range of stakeholders representing organizations and customers from across the state.

Information Session

National Grid will hold an information session about the Future Grid plan to answer questions and provide an overview of the ESMP.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 2:00 p.m.

Attendees can join the information session by entering the link, https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88404034335 from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. For audio-only access to the session, attendees can dial in at 1 (646) 558-8656 (not toll-free), and then enter Webinar ID# 884 0403 4335.

 

ESMP Virtual Public Hearings Information

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities hearings for all ESMP plans:

 

March 7, 7 p.m.

To access the hearing, enter the link, https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84187654178, from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. For audio-only access to the public hearing, attendees can dial in at 1 (646) 558-8656 (not toll-free), and then enter Webinar ID# 841 8765 4178.

 

March 12, 2 p.m.

To access the hearing, enter the link, https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86594935693, from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. For audio-only access to the public hearing, attendees can dial in at 1 (646) 931-3860 (not toll-free), and then enter Webinar ID# 865 9493 5693.

Access to these hearings and other events relating to this proceeding will also be available through the DPU’s website at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/electric-sector-modernization-plan-resources.

Per DPU guidance, if you anticipate providing comments via Zoom at either public hearing, please send an email by Monday, March 4, 2024, with your name, email address, mailing address, and hearing date. If you anticipate commenting by telephone, please leave a voicemail message by Monday, March 4, 2024, at (617) 305-3611 with your name, telephone number, mailing address, and hearing date. Access to these hearings and other events relating to this proceeding will also be available through the Department’s website at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/electric-sector-modernization-plan-resources.

Alternately, any person interested in commenting on this matter may submit written comments no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on March 12, 2024. Written comments from the public may be sent by email to dpu.efiling@mass.govkerri.phillips@mass.gov, and the Company’s attorneys, John K. Habib, Esq. at jhabib@keeganwerlin.com, Tiffany Tisler, Esq. at ttisler@keeganwerlin.com, and Nancy D. Israel, Esq. at nancy.israel@nationalgrid.com. Please note that in the interest of transparency any comments will be posted to the Department's website as received and without redacting personal information, such as addresses, telephone numbers, or email addresses. As such, consider the extent of information you wish to share when submitting comments. The Department strongly encourages public comments to be submitted by email. If, however, a member of the public is unable to send written comments by email, a paper copy may be sent to Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110

The DPU’s notice of public hearings can be read here.

 

MECo Public Hearing Schedule:

The Department of Public Utilities will conduct six in-person public hearings to receive comments:

March 12, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

South Lawrence East Elementary School Auditorium
165 Crawford Street, Lawrence, MA 01843
(Spanish interpretation available)

March 14, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Shaw’s Center
1 Feinberg Way, Brockton, MA 02301
(Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole interpretation available)

March 19, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

North Quincy High School
316 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02171
(Mandarin interpretation available)

April 3, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Worcester Technical High School, Auditorium
1 Officer Manny Familia Way, Worcester, MA 01605
(Spanish, Portuguese interpretations available)

April 4, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

PSF Community Room
4 Fairgrounds Road, Nantucket, MA 02554
(Spanish interpretation available)

April 9, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Monument Mountain Regional High School
600 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
(Spanish interpretation available)

The Department of Public Utilities also will conduct two virtual public hearings using Zoom videoconferencing on:

March 21, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

 

March 21, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Attendees can join either session by entering the link, https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86918048614, from a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

No prior software download is required.

For audio-only access to the public hearing, attendees can dial in at +1 309 205 3325 (not toll-free) and then enter the Webinar ID: 869 1804 8614.

Interpretation services (Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, Mandarin, and Khmer) will be available over the Zoom platform by clicking the “Interpretation” button on the menu at the bottom of the Zoom application screen and selecting your language (i.e., English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, Mandarin, or Khmer).

 

 

ESMP Stakeholder Meeting and Technical Conference #1: Demand Forecast and Infrastructure Needs
Presentation [PDF] | Video [English] [Spanish] [Portuguese (European)] [Portuguese (Brazilian)] [Mandarin]

 

In addition, you can submit your feedback, questions, and comments via Future.Grid@Nationalgrid.com.

 

Learn More

Fact Sheet: Our Future Grid
[English] [Spanish] [Portuguese] [Mandarin] [French/Haitian Creole] [Khmer]

Fact Sheet: National Grid – Delivering for You
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Fact Sheet: National Grid – Delivering Progress
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