HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Senator Edward Markey discussed a recent proposal to delay the elimination of the Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday afternoon at Holyoke’s ISO New England.

The proposal would prevent renewable energy and energy storage for wholesale electricity auctions. If the MOPR is to be set in place, fossil fuel would be systemized in its capacity markets, but appear to be cleaner and cheaper alternatives to provide dependability and save money for Massachusetts residents.

“It isn’t about reliability or Massachusetts consumers, it’s about relying on the same old oil and gas solutions that have gotten us into a consumer and climate crisis,” said Senator Markey.

ISO New England sent a statement to 22News saying the proposal sent to FERC “will remove the minimum offer price rule in a way that continues the region’s clean energy transition, while protecting power system reliability.”

A letter from Senators Markey, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to convince ISO-NE to reject the proposal and support reform of the MOPR instead.