Friday
Mar152019

Now online: Presentation and recording of Q1 Settlements Issues Forum webinar

The presentation and recording of the March 7, 2019, Quarterly Settlements Forum  webinar are now available on the ISO New England website. This webinar presents information on ISO New England settlements and billing including the following topics: Energy Storage Device Project and new FCM Cost Allocation Forecast Report. Email the training team with questions at MkTraining@iso-ne.com.

Tuesday
Mar122019

Tenth annual CLG report highlights 2018 activities and other consumer-related, wholesale electricity industry topics 

ISO New England and the Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) Coordinating Committee recently issued the 2018 Report of the Consumer Liaison Group, which summarizes the activities of the CLG during 2018. A limited number of copies will be made available at the March 14 CLG meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. Download the meeting agenda.

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Tuesday
Mar122019

Average annual power price rose in 2018, but was still lower than first full year of markets

New England’s average wholesale electricity price in 2018 rose over the 2017 price, but still ranked as the six-lowest since the current wholesale markets were implemented in 2004. Wholesale prices rose in 2018 because the cost of natural gas, the primary fuel used to produce electricity, was higher. Higher consumer demand for power was also a factor, as well as an extreme cold spell during the first week of January that caused prices to spike. Wholesale prices in 2018 were higher than power prices in 2017, but 2017 had the second-lowest wholesale prices since 2004, the first full year of operation for the current markets. Overall, since 2004, the average annual price of wholesale electricity in New England has fallen 19%. Read more in the press release.

Monday
Mar112019

ISO-NE Society of Women Engineers members visit after-school STEM program

Several members of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at ISO New England shared a glimpse into the world of electricity with the students of the Springfield Changemakers program in late February. The afterschool STEM program for middle and high schoolers is run by the Wellspring Cooperative, operators of the Wellspring Harvest hydroponic greenhouse in Springfield, Mass. Marianne Perben, Carissa Sedlacek and Cassandra Waterhouse, all members of the ISO’s system planning team, taught the students a bit about the power industry and the role of ISO New England. The ISO SWE members will continue working with the Changemakers program and visit the greenhouse this spring.

Marianne Perben, the ISO's manager of technical studies, chats with students in the Springfield Changemakers program.

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Wednesday
Mar062019

ISO-NE publishes 2019 Regional Electricity Outlook 

ISO New England has published its 2019 Regional Electricity Outlook (REO), an annual report looking at the trends affecting New England’s power system and the innovative solutions the ISO is pursuing to ensure reliable electricity for the region’s homes and businesses—today and into the future. New England’s traditional power grid is rapidly becoming a hybrid system where electricity needs will be met by conventional resources and significant amounts of large-scale renewable resources connected to the regional transmission system, in combination with thousands of small resources connected directly to retail customers or local distribution utilities. The report describes how the ISO is working to solve the operational and market challenges that emerge during this major transformation. The 2019 REO is available at www.iso-ne.com/reo.

Wednesday
Mar062019

Environmental Advisory Group discusses emissions trends 

ISO New England’s Environmental Advisory Group (EAG) teleconference met on January 29, 2019, to update stakeholders on the status of environmental regulations of interest to New England, regional and national trends in greenhouse gas emissions, and the Draft 2017 ISO New England Electric Generator Air Emissions Report (Emissions Report). Representatives from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the New England States Committee on Electricity, Connecticut and Massachusetts regulatory agencies, conservation groups, consulting companies, and the ISO participated. Here are some highlights.

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