December Consumer Liaison Group meeting discussed energy security

The Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) held its final quarterly meeting of 2019 on December 6. The meeting began with a conversation with State Representative Thomas Golden, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy at the Massachusetts General Court. The discussion included topics such as the Massachusetts renewable energy procurements and the safety of the natural gas distribution system. The panel discussed, “The Evolving Markets: How Fuel Security is Changing the Wholesale Electricity Markets and What That Means for Your Bottom Line."

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Regional air emissions 2017: long-term reduction trends continue 

Since 2001, SO2 down 98%, NOx down 74%, CO2 down 34%

Regional emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and carbon dioxide (CO2) declined in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to preliminary data compiled for the draft 2017 ISO New England Electric Generator Air Emissions Report. The lower emissions were due largely to a decline in electricity generation by power plants that use fossil fuels. The year-over-year declines continued long-term reductions in the emissions produced by New England power plants.

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ISO-NE analyzes potential impact of offshore wind during historic cold spell

Acting on a request from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), ISO New England recently released a high-level assessment of the potential impact of offshore wind on the region’s power system during the historic cold snap from December 24, 2017 to January 8, 2018.

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Upcoming webinar: FCM Delisting

Registration is open for the webinar, FCM Delisting that will be held on January 24, 2019, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. This webinar will provide market participants with information about the Internal Market Monitor's (IMM) delist cost review process as well as how to complete the IMM's published cost workbooks according to the current market rule. Email the training team with questions at


Distributed Generation Forecast Working Group requests survey data for 2019 forecast

ISO New England is calling for solar photovoltaic (PV) interconnection survey data from distribution owners for its 2019 distributed generation forecast, as announced at the December 10, 2018, meeting of the Distributed Generation Forecast Working Group (DGFWG). Survey data for all of 2018 must be sent to by January 22, 2019. Here are other key milestones for the 2019 DG forecast:

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Argonne National Laboratory helps ISO-NE system operators prepare for impacts of major winter storm 

A “classic” Nor’easter can be anything but routine to the power grid

Nor’easters are a trademark of New England winters but the timing, intensity, and impact of such storms are far from predictable. ISO system operators must be prepared to operate the grid through a wide variety of wintertime scenarios.

This year, scientists from the Argonne National Laboratory studied previous Nor’easters and provided the ISO with a detailed analysis of the potential effects a major winter storm could have on the New England power system.

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