New England states protest grid operator's budget

Associated Press Published: November 28, 2012

ISO, which is based in Holyoke, Mass., said its proposed 2013 operating budget — costs to run the agency minus depreciation and other expenses — is about $136 million.

In addition, it said its budget process is transparent and that state officials have several opportunities to become involved.

In its filing last month, ISO said it has added positions related to gas as a growing energy source and cited higher interest expense for debt. And it has allocated $1 million for planning and new employees in transmission planning, information technology and market development.

The grid operator also said it seeks to make sure pay is competitive and annual reviews survey data from compensation consultants.