ISO-NE presents efforts on market solutions for energy security at FERC public meeting

In July of 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directed ISO New England to file permanent revisions to its market rules that would address long-term regional energy security concerns, due on October 15, 2019. On April 22, 2019, the ISO, the New England States Committee on Electricity, and the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) Participants Committee jointly requested a public meeting to share with FERC staff information about efforts to develop these proposed market revisions without violating the Commission’s ex parte rules.

The day-long public meeting, which was webcast, convened on July 15, 2019, at FERC headquarters in Washington, DC. The staff-led session consisted of three 90-minute presentations by ISO New England, NEPOOL stakeholders, and representatives from New England states. ISO Chief Economist Matt White and Director of Market Development Chris Parent offered a robust presentation on the ISO’s steady work toward meeting FERC’s directive, after which they answered questions from the Commission staff and Commissioners.

ISO-NE's Chris Parent and Matt White at FERC



“Keeping the lights on”: Summer interns meet system operators, tour backup control room

“What is ISO New England?” When you’re short on time, the go-to answer is five words. “We keep the lights on.” Brief and accurate, it’s the easiest way to describe what we do at the ISO. But the control room, where ISO system operators man the front lines of that responsibility, is a mysterious place.

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Work underway on ISO-NE’s first Order 1000 RFP

Retirement of Mystic Generating Station will cause transmission needs in the Boston area

ISO New England plans to issue its first competitive solicitation for transmission to address transmission needs caused by the retirement of the Mystic Generating Station in the mid-2020s.

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Upcoming webinar: New England External Transaction Tool User Interface

Registration is open for the webinar, New England External Transaction Tool User Interface, that will be held on July 30, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. This webinar will review the redesigned user interface associated with the New England External Transaction Tool that replaces Enhanced Energy Scheduling (EES), the current external transaction software. The target audience is EES users. Questions? Email MkTraining@iso-ne.com.


ISO-NE’s Lead Outage Coordinator Rachel Wilkins-Thurman featured in the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Journal, Summer 2019 edition  

Back in February, when snow was piled high, Rachel Wilkins-Thurman, ISO New England
Lead Outage Coordinator, was interviewed for an upcoming edition of Worcester Polytechnic Institute Journal. Rachel is a 2008 graduate in WPI’s Power Systems Management program. Fast forward a few months later: there’s no more snow on the ground, but Summer 2019 edition of WPI Journal is now out—and Rachel, describing her career path and her current role here at the ISO, is featured as the cover story!

Read how Rachel was resourceful as a child, including taking apart phones, radios, and other electronic equipment to check out what was going on inside. And fast forward to today—when now, as lead outage coordinator, she’s keeping tabs on requests for generation and transmission resource outages to help keep the region’s grid reliable and secure.


Registration is open for fall classroom training courses: WEM 101, WEM 201, and FCM 101

ISO New England is pleased to announce that registration is open for fall 2019 market training classes: WEM 101 in September, WEM 201 in November, and FCM 101 in October. These courses will be held at The Hotel Northampton.

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