Friday
Aug312018

Federal affairs update: Recap of recent energy-related news from Washington

ISO New England’s External Affairs team closely tracks federal energy policy, initiatives, and other changes. Here's a quick summary of recent activity from FERC, US EPA, and US DOE.

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Thursday
Aug302018

September Consumer Liaison Group meeting will discuss electrification of heating sector and consumer choices

The next meeting of the Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) will be held September 20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Hartford-Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn. The topic will be the electrification of the heating sector and the choices available to consumers. The panelists include Christian Herb, President, Connecticut Energy Marketers Association and Emily Lewis O’Brien, Policy Analyst, Acadia Center. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The CLG is a forum for the exchange of information between ISO New England and electricity consumers in New England. CLG quarterly meetings are generally attended by consumers and consumer representatives (including state consumer and ratepayer advocates), state business and industry associations, chambers of commerce, individual businesses, trade groups, nonprofit organizations, and other end users. Meetings are free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required.

Thursday
Aug302018

Energy-Efficiency Forecast Working Group begins data collection for 2019 forecast

The Energy-Efficiency Forecast Working Group (EEFWG) has published a tentative schedule for preparing and releasing the 2019 Energy-Efficiency Forecast, including meetings and milestones, as follows.

Thursday
Aug302018

ISO-NE launches a redesigned Ask ISO for superior customer service

As part of ongoing efforts to provide high-quality service to the region, ISO New England is pleased to announce a new-and-improved Ask ISO. This enhanced customer support tool will provide a more streamlined, user-friendly experience for both ISO customers and ISO staff. It will also help the ISO effectively and expeditiously handle the many thousands of customer support requests received annually.

In addition to offering a better customer experience, the new Ask ISO can be operated from multiple locations simultaneously, thereby helping to ensure that ISO Customer Support can quickly recover operations in the event of a disruptive emergency.

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Friday
Aug242018

Monthly wholesale electricity prices and demand in New England, July 2018

Wholesale power and natural gas prices rose in July

Warmer weather brought increased consumer demand for electricity, pushing up the average wholesale power prices for the month of July 2018 in both the day-ahead and real-time energy markets when compared to the previous year. The day-ahead energy price was up 19.2% to $32.89 per megawatt-hour (MWh)* and the real-time energy price rose 26.5% to $33.67/MWh.

July started in the midst of a week-long heat wave, though New England’s power system operated realiably throughout the hot, humid weather.

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Tuesday
Aug212018

Battery storage is “charging” ahead in New England

ISO-NE continues to remove barriers and expand market access for energy-storage technologies

Grid-scale (also called utility-scale) battery storage is coming on fast in New England. While the region’s wholesale electricity markets are already open to battery storage resources, ISO New England is working to ensure they can fully reflect their physical capabilities to the markets. By 2022, currently proposed new projects could add almost 850 MW of battery storage capacity in the region. (ISO Generator Interconnection Queue, August 17, 2018) When compared to the 19 MW that are currently on line, this is a whopping increase of over 4,000%. Additionally, over 1,000 MW of the 9,400 MW of new wind and solar capacity currently proposed in the region will include some amount of battery storage.

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