Wednesday
Apr192017

ISO-NE marks Earth Day 2017 with an update on the effects of clean-energy initiatives in New England

This Earth Day (Saturday, April 22)—or any day—you can learn about the role that renewables and other clean-energy resources are playing in the region by visiting ISO New England’s Key Grid and Market Stats and Grid in Transition webpages. Following are some snapshots of where the region stands, with links to learn more.

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Tuesday
Apr182017

An energy storage milestone: two batteries join ISO-NE Regulation Market

The presence of advanced battery storage technology continues to increase in New England, with two battery storage systems now participating in ISO New England’s Regulation Market, marking an important milestone in the region’s move towards a hybrid grid.

The batteries are a 3.4 megawatt (MW) system operated by Green Mountain Power in Rutland, Vermont, and a 16.2 MW system operated by NextEra Energy in Maine’s Casco Bay. Both are able to respond to the ISO’s new energy-neutral regulation dispatch signal that directs alternative technologies to cycle between electricity production and consumption over a short period.

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Thursday
Apr132017

Upcoming webinars: FCM new capacity qualification for DR, generation, and imports

Registration is open for the webinar, FCM New Capacity Qualification for Demand Resources, that will be held May 2, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This webinar will review the requirements associated with the submittal of the New Capacity Qualification Package for demand resource projects requesting participation in the Forward Capacity Auction for the 2021-2022 Capacity Commitment Period (FCA #12).

Registration is open for the webinar, FCM New Capacity Qualification for Generating and Import Resources that will be held May 3, 2017, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. This webinar will review the requirements associated with the submittal of the New Capacity Qualification Package for generating and import capacity resource projects requesting participation in the Forward Capacity Auction for the 2021-2022 Capacity Commitment Period (FCA #12). It will also include a segment on import capacity resources with Elective Transmission Upgrades (ETU).

Monday
Apr102017

Spring update to ISO-NE’s Annual Work Plan is now online

ISO New England has posted the March update to its Annual Work Plan (AWP). The AWP outlines major priorities and activities for a 21-month period designed to improve existing ISO systems, practices, and services to New England. It also details on expected timelines and objectives for planning, operations, markets, and capital projects. The plan is published in the fall and updated in the spring.

Tuesday
Apr042017

Regional transmission investment: Spring 2017 update

714 projects put into service since 2002 to fortify New England’s transmission system

The ISO recently published the March 2017 update to the Regional System Plan (RSP) Project List, which details Pool Transmission Facility (PTF) projects needed to ensure reliability in New England. Since the October 2016 update, 3 projects were cancelled, 24 upgrades were placed in service across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and 27 new projects were added. Additionally, some project cost estimates decreased.

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Monday
Mar272017

Draft 2017-2026 forecast: energy usage will decline slightly and peak demand will remain flat

Every year, ISO New England develops a projection of how much electricity the region will use and how high demand will peak during each of the next 10 years. The 10-year forecast is a key system planning tool, helping ensure New England has an adequate supply of resources to meet future demand, and a transmission system that can do the job of carrying power to residents and businesses.

The draft long-term forecast for 2017 to 2026 projects that energy usage will decline slightly in New England and peak demand will remain flat over the 10-year period. The primary factors are continuing robust installation of energy-efficiency measures and behind-the-meter solar arrays throughout the region, as well as a slightly lower forecast for economic growth in New England.

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