To the Editor:
After reading Gordon van Welie’s article in your November 2005 issue (“New England: A Critical Look at Competition”) I couldn’t help but think back to California in 2000. Van Welie, who is president and CEO of ISO New England, is trying to feed the citizens of New England the same brand of malarkey that the California ISO fed the California Public Utilities Commission in 2000 when wholesale and retail prices in California were perfectly linked and nearly succeeded in bankrupting the wealthiest state in the country.
Van Welie’s ISO wholesale market in New England is piddling, accounting for approximately 10 percent of the sales in New England. Most sales in New England are done through bi-lateral contracts that have served the citizens of New England fairly well. The further they are from van Welie’s ISO wholesale market, the better off they will be.