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2016/2017 winter outlook: sufficient electricity supplies expected

Natural gas pipeline constraints remain a concern, Winter Reliability Program implemented

Electricity supplies should be sufficient to meet New England’s consumer demand for electricity this winter, but possible natural gas pipeline constraints could limit electricity production from natural gas power plants. A Winter Reliability Program has been implemented to incentivize gas and oil-fired power plants to procure sufficient fuel before winter begins. View the press release.

Winter Outlook Facts and Figures

  • Winter peak forecast: 21,340 MW (with winter temperatures at about 7°F)
  • Extreme winter peak forecast: 22,028 MW (with winter temperatures at about 2°F)
  • Last winter’s demand peaked at 19,545 MW on February 14, 2016
  • The all-time winter peak is 22,818, set on January 15, 2004, during a cold snap
  • The all-time peak demand is 28,130 MW set on August 2, 2006

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