The Northeast Energy and Commerce Association has invited FirstLight Vice President of Market Policy Tom Kaslow to join its June 10 online webcast panel discussion about energy security policies.

As owner and operator of Northfield Mountain, the pumped-storage hydropower facility that can begin producing power for 1 million homes with less than 10 minutes notice, FirstLight has long been committed to and integral to New England’s energy security. FirstLight also is pursuing a major new role for Northfield Mountain providing utility-scale energy storage to maximize the successful operations and economic and environmental benefits of New England’s new generation of offshore wind being developed off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The NECA discussion, which will be held from noon-1:30 p.m., will focus on Independent System Operator New England’s “Energy Security Improvements” (ESI) plan filed in compliance with a directive from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Participants Committee of the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), a voluntary association of power market participants in all six states, has filed its own an alternative plan with FERC.

Joining Tom for what promises to be a deep and informative look at this complex, vital topic and its implications for electric rates, grid reliability, and the transition to renewable energy are moderator Shaela McNulty Collins, Director of Regulatory Policy, Columbia Gas, and panelists

Jeffrey Bentz, Director of Analysis, New England States Committee on Electricity; David Cavanaugh, Vice President, Regulatory & Market Affairs, Energy New England; Andrew Gillespie, Senior Market Designer, ISO New England; Karen Iampen, Vice President, Origination, Repsol; and Andy Weinstein, Director, ISO-NE Market Policy, Vistra Energy.

You may register for the program (fee required) at