Thursday
Sep192019

2019 Regional System Plan Public Meeting was a great day of discussion about the future of New England's power system

ISO New England held its biennial Regional System Plan Public Meeting in Boston, Mass. on September 12, 2019, to present the final draft 2019 Regional System Plan (RSP 19) and receive feedback from stakeholders. Mike Henderson, the ISO’s Director of Regional Planning and Coordination, walked the audience through the highlights from the RSP19 report, concluding that the region’s power system is prepared to reliably serve its load forecast over the next 10 years. Following the meeting, the report undergoes final revisions based on stakeholder input and updated data. The ISO Board then votes to approve the report in October, after which the ISO posts the final version on the Planning Advisory Committee webpage.

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Wednesday
Sep182019

ISO-NE expands auction opportunities for Financial Transmission Rights

On September 17, 2019, ISO New England launched the Financial Transmission Rights - Balance of Planning Period (FTR BoPP) project to provide market participants with more opportunities to configure their FTR portfolio. The ISO and the New England Power Pool filed jointly with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to make the changes.

FTRs are important financial instruments in the Day-Ahead Energy Market (DAM) that entitle the holder, a market participant, to acquire an annual or monthly share of excess revenues collected by the ISO that arises when the New England transmission grid is congested. (Energy market prices are made up of three components: energy, transmission congestion costs, and losses.)

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Wednesday
Sep182019

Market participants take note: annual customer satisfaction survey launched

Survey feedback helps the ISO deliver better products and services

Every year, ISO New England’s Customer Service and Training department conducts an online survey of market participants to measure their satisfaction with the information and services the ISO provides. The survey contains a series of questions (both multiple choice and written feedback) that should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. This feedback, especially any written comments, is very important to the ISO to learn more about how market participants view the quality of ISO products and services. Once finalized, survey results are used by the ISO to identify and prioritize improvements.

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Friday
Sep132019

Former FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur joins ISO-NE Board of Directors; Barney Rush, Vickie VanZandt re-elected

ISO New England today announced the election of the 2019 Board of Directors slate. The slate includes two incumbents, Barney Rush and Vickie VanZandt, and new Director Cheryl LaFleur. LaFleur was most recently a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) commissioner, and will join the Board on October 1, 2019. She replaces retiring Board member Raymond Hill.

LaFleur (pictured) served as a FERC commissioner for more than nine years, stepping down from her role there on August 30, 2019. During her time at FERC, which included serving as Chairman and Acting Chairman, her priorities included reliability and grid security, supporting the development and evolution of robust competitive markets, promoting regional transmission planning, and supporting a clean and diverse power supply.

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Tuesday
Sep102019

Media advisory: Forum to review draft report on the state of the region’s power grid and projections for the next 10 years

Expert panel will discuss disruptive technologies and the transition to the grid of the future

Damir Novosel, the president and founder of Quanta Technology, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at ISO New England’s public forum on the draft 2019 Regional System Plan (RSP) on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at The Westin Copley Place in Boston.

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Friday
Sep062019

ISO-NE has developed a groundbreaking software solution to locate the source of dangerous power system oscillations 

Detection is key to mitigating forced oscillations, which helps advance the reliable operation and stability of the electric grid

ISO New England’s Business Architecture & Technology (BAT) department is responsible for advanced research and development, working closely with many business units within the ISO and collaborating with major universities, labs, and vendors to design and deploy tools for power system analysis and control. BAT has been internationally recognized for the development of important new technologies and innovative solutions.

For years, BAT Technical Manager Slava Maslennikov has studied power system oscillations, which can cause dangerous fluctuations on the electrical grid. Oscillations, caused by equipment failure, human error, or control systems malfunctioning, among other things, inject a forced signal into the high-voltage transmission system, causing disturbances and mechanical vibrations that may lead to equipment fatigue and damage; rare occurrences of cascading outages and; in the worst cases, risk to workers.

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