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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Monday
Mar312014

March 5 Consumer Liaison Group meeting focused on impacts of natural gas prices, gas dependence

On March 5, the Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) met to discuss high natural gas prices, their impact on consumers, and potential solutions to the region’s reliance on natural gas-fired generation. Keynote Speaker Cindy Arcate, President and CEO of PowerOptions, focused her remarks on the New England Governors’ regional energy infrastructure initiative and the challenge of determining how much additional pipeline capacity is needed.

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Monday
Mar312014

Register today for 2014 spring training courses

Space is still available for this spring's Wholesale Electricity Markets 101 (WEM 101) and Wholesale Electricity Markets 201 (WEM 201) training courses. A description and registration link for each class are provided below. You can also register for one or more classes by going directly to ISO New England’s Training and Events Network (ISO-TEN).

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