Consumer Liaison Group discusses the role of energy efficiency in wholesale markets at June meeting

The second quarterly meeting of the Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) in 2019 was held on June 20 in Westborough, Massachusetts. The meeting featured a keynote address by David Littell, Senior Advisor at The Regulatory Assistance Project, a regional update from ISO New England, and a panel discussion on “Energy Efficiency in the Forward Capacity Market: The Changing Landscape and Implications for Consumers.” The program was developed by the CLG Coordinating Committee, and panelists included (pictured from left to right below): Henry Yoshimura, Director, Demand Resource Strategy, ISO New England; Maggie McCarey, Director, Energy Efficiency Division, Mass. Department of Energy Resources; and Stefan Nagy, Product Manager, Distributed Energy, National Grid. The panel was moderated by Mary Usovicz, a member of the CLG Coordinating Committee. A full meeting recap and speaker presentations are posted on the CLG webpage.

The next quarterly meeting will take place on September 5 in Maine.


Monthly wholesale electricity prices and demand in New England, May 2019

Real-time prices fell in May to 7th lowest monthly average

Average wholesale power prices in May 2019 were down 4.2% in the Real-Time Energy Market when compared to the previous year, falling to $22.89 per megawatt-hour (MWh)*- the seventh-lowest average since March 2003. Prices were up slightly, 0.7%, in the Day-Ahead Energy Market when compared to May 2019, averaging $24.21/MWh.

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Regional transmission investment: Summer 2019 update

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

The ISO recently published the June 2019 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 March 2019 update, 4 upgrades were placed in service, no new projects were added, and one project was cancelled. Since 2002, a cumulative total of 801 project components representing an investment of $10.9  billion have been placed into service to help ensure that New England’s transmission system continues to reliably and efficiently move wholesale electricity across the region.

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U.S. EIA launches new state energy portal

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has announced the launch of a new State Energy Portal, which provides data and analyses for U.S. states, territories, regions, and the District of Columbia. The portal enables users to access, visualize, map, and export data for a given state. The new portal allows users to build a personalized, interactive data dashboard and to scroll through pre-populated dashboards by energy source, activity, or special topic, including energy storage or energy movement among states. The EIA hosted a training webinar on May 29, 2019, and posted the recording on their website. See also EIA’s overview of its New England dashboard.


ISO-NE CEO Gordon van Welie talks about careers and change at luncheon with summer interns

A hybrid grid is emerging in New England, making today among the most exciting times to work in the energy industry. Twenty-seven college students from around the country are now getting their first, hands-on professional experience in areas from risk management and resource adequacy to IT and business.

As part of their 11-week program, ISO New England CEO Gordon van Welie recently joined the interns for conversation over lunch.

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ISO-NE moderates panel for Connecticut Power and Energy Society legislative update, with focus on offshore wind

On June 11, ISO New England External Affairs Representative Kerry Schlichting moderated a panel for an end of session legislative update hosted by the Connecticut Power and Energy Society (CPES). The event, hosted by Day Pitney LLP in Hartford, featured prominent Connecticut state lawmakers including Energy and Technology Committee Chairman Norm Needleman (D-Essex) Ranking Members Paul Formica (R- East Lyme) and Charlie Ferraro (R- West Haven). The panel was rounded out by James Albis, senior advisor to the commissioner at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

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