Thursday
Apr172014

Web conference: New Capacity Qualification Process for Generation, Imports, and Demand Resources in FCA #9

Registration is open for two May web conferences being held by the ISO to prepare new generation, imports, and demand resources seeking to qualify for the ninth Forward Capacity Auction (FCA #9) in February 2015 for the 2018-2019 Capacity Commitment Period. The webinars will provide a review of the submittal requirements associated with the New Capacity Qualification Package necessary for participation ahead of the June 17, 2014, deadline. Questions? Please email the training team at MkTraining@iso-ne.com.

New Capacity Qualification for Generating and Import Resources
May 8, 2014, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

New Capacity Qualification for Demand Resources
May 9, 2014, 9:00–11:30 a.m.

Thursday
Apr172014

Now online: 2014 Regulation Market seminar materials

The training materials for the Regulation Market Settlements seminar, held on April 15, 2014, are now available for download. The seminar covered the calculation of credits and charges during the Regulation Market settlement process slated to be effective May 21, 2014.

You can also learn about those changes, as well as regulation basics and key concepts, in the ISO's e-learning module Regulation Market, online now.

For questions, contact the ISO's Market Training Team.

Friday
Apr042014

Oil inventory was key in maintaining power system reliability through colder-than-normal weather during winter 2013/2014

The frigid temperatures that gripped much of the nation this winter posed operational challenges to the New England power grid, led to spikes in natural gas and wholesale electricity prices, and further highlighted issues related to resource performance and the importance of a secure fuel supply. In light of these challenges, here and across the country, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hosted a Technical Conference on April 1, to hear from ISO New England, New York ISO, PJM Interconnection, Southwest Power Pool, Midcontinent ISO, California ISO, and other industry representatives about the impact of the cold weather on power system operations in different parts of the country.

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Thursday
Apr032014

New England’s power grid reduces generation emissions significantly from 2001 to 2012

Sulfur dioxide down by 92%

For over a decade, an increase in natural-gas-fired power generation and the implementation of emission controls on the region’s fossil-fuel-fired power plants have resulted in significant reductions in air emissions in New England. As reported in the 2012 ISO New England Electric Generator Air Emissions Report (issued January 2014), total emissions for sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) declined from 2001 to 2012 by 92% and 66%, respectively, while carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions decreased by about 21%.

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Tuesday
Apr012014

New wind power forecast integrated into ISO-NE processes and control room operations 

More precise information about the predicted electricity output from  wind resources improves dispatch efficiency, helps optimize power output from wind generators

Over the past several years, the amount of wind power connected to the New England high-voltage power grid has increased from approximately two megawatts (MW) in 2005 to more than 700 MW on the system today.

The ISO has been taking steps to prepare for managing the grid with an increasing amount of this resource, which has operating characteristics different from traditional resources in that the fuel—wind—is variable. Recently, the ISO implemented a centralized wind power forecast for use in daily system operations, a major initiative under development since 2010 and a key recommendation from the New England Wind Integration Study (NEWIS). The new wind power forecasting tool allows for better utilization of power from wind resources and improves dispatch efficiency and system reliability.

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Tuesday
Apr012014

ISO-NE and NEPOOL submit proposal to establish sloped demand curve for future Forward Capacity Market auctions

A sloped demand curve will moderate price volatility and eliminate administrative pricing

ISO New England and the New England Power Pool have filed a joint proposal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to establish a sloped demand curve for use in future Forward Capacity Market (FCM) auctions. Each year, ISO New England holds an auction to purchase the amount of capacity (both generation and demand-side resources) that will be needed to satisfy demand for electricity for a one-year commitment period three years into the future.

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