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Controversial New England Power Fix Shows U.S. Agency Split

  • Plan would have customers paying $150 million a year to plants
  • Two members of U.S. agency recused themselves from the vote
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A controversial case over how New Englanders pay for their power is exposing sharp divisions within America’s chief energy regulatory agency.

Earlier this week, a program pitched by New England’s power grid operator went into effect by default because the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it lacked a quorum to act. On Thursday, filings revealed that two commissioners withheld their votes, one opposed and another backed the plan, which will have utility customers shelling out $150 million a year to generators who stockpile fuel for winter.