Web conference: Existing Capacity Qualification Process for Generation, Imports, and Demand Resources

Registration is open for the webinar, Existing Capacity Qualification Process for Generation, Imports, and Demand Resources that will be held on April 14, 2015, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. This webinar will inform market participants of the existing capacity qualification process for the tenth Forward Capacity Auction (FCA #10) to be held in February 2016 for the 2019/2020 Capacity Commitment Period.  The webinar focuses on the qualification timeline and requirements for existing generation, imports, and demand resources. It also covers use of the Forward Capacity Tracking System (FCTS) during the qualification process. If you have any questions, please email the training team at


Spring market training courses are just around the corner

If you haven't already, take a few minutes to register today.

Introduction to Wholesale Electricity Markets (WEM 101)
April 27-May 1, 2015
The Hotel Northampton, Northampton, MA
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Tuesday)
8:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. (Friday) 
This is a comprehensive five-day course about the New England wholesale electricity marketsincluding the Forward Capacity Market. It is intended for individuals who are new to the New England wholesale electricity markets or who need a refresher. The instructors are ISO New England Subject Matter Experts. Attendance on all five days is required for completion. Register through ISO-TEN.

Intermediate Wholesale Electricity Markets (WEM 201)
May 19-21, 2015
The Hotel Northampton
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This three-day course provides an intermediate-level treatment of energy market concepts, including unit commitment, Locational Marginal Pricing (LMP), co-optimization, market interactions, settlement mechanics, and Financial Transmission Rights (FTRs). It is intended for those with knowledge of the New England wholesale electricity markets at an introductory level who wish to advance to an intermediate level. Prior attendance at Introduction to Wholesale Electricity Markets (WEM 101), or two to five years relevant work experience, is recommended. Attendance on all three days is required for completion. Register through ISO-TEN.

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Now online: Recording of Q1 2015 Settlements Issues Forum

The recording of the March 12, 2015, Quarterly Settlements Issues Forum webinar is now available in ISO-TEN or on the ISO website at Home > Markets and Operations > Settlements > Quarterly Settlements Forum Materials. These quarterly interactive, web-based meetings cover upcoming changes affecting ISO New England settlements and billing and are open to interested market participants. If you have any questions, please email the training team at


Europe braces for unprecedented dip in solar generation during eclipse; US system operators take note

Updated on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:33AM by Registered CommenterISO New England

The March 20 eclipse will remove up to 35 GW of solar power from European grids; ISO-NE watching closely as regional PV growth continues

An historic event will unfold overseas in late March. For the first time, operators of large, synchronized electric power systems will have to manage a potentially sizeable loss of generation caused by a solar eclipse. Starting the morning of March 20 at 7:40 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the output from Europe’s solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will drop off—then ramp up again—as the moon blots out the sun’s light in rolling two-hour periods across the area.

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Sixth annual CLG report highlights 2014 activities and other consumer-related, wholesale electricity industry topics

ISO New England and the Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) Coordinating Committee recently issued the 2014 Report of the Consumer Liaison Group, which summarizes the activities of the CLG during 2014.

The ISO and regional electricity market stakeholders created the CLG in 2009 to facilitate the consideration of consumer interests in determining the needs and solutions for the region’s power system. The CLG is open to the public. Participants generally include consumers and consumer representatives (including state consumer and ratepayer advocates), state business and industry associations, chambers of commerce, individual businesses, trade groups, nonprofit organizations, and other end users. The CLG meets quarterly, and each meeting addresses various regional electricity and consumer issues. About 75 participants attend each meeting, both in person and via teleconference.

To learn more, visit the CLG page on the ISO website.


Hot off the press: 2015 Regional Electricity Outlook, Wholesale Markets Project Plan, Regional System Plan

ISO New England has published a set of documents that provide a comprehensive overview of the evolving issues affecting the future of New England’s power system and the actions underway to ensure continued reliability.

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