Work underway on ISO-NE’s first Order 1000 RFP

Retirement of Mystic Generating Station will cause transmission needs in the Boston area

ISO New England plans to issue its first competitive solicitation for transmission to address transmission needs caused by the retirement of the Mystic Generating Station in the mid-2020s.

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ISO-NE’s Lead Outage Coordinator Rachel Wilkins-Thurman featured in the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Journal, Summer 2019 edition  

Back in February, when snow was piled high, Rachel Wilkins-Thurman, ISO New England
Lead Outage Coordinator, was interviewed for an upcoming edition of Worcester Polytechnic Institute Journal. Rachel is a 2008 graduate in WPI’s Power Systems Management program. Fast forward a few months later: there’s no more snow on the ground, but Summer 2019 edition of WPI Journal is now out—and Rachel, describing her career path and her current role here at the ISO, is featured as the cover story!

Read how Rachel was resourceful as a child, including taking apart phones, radios, and other electronic equipment to check out what was going on inside. And fast forward to today—when now, as lead outage coordinator, she’s keeping tabs on requests for generation and transmission resource outages to help keep the region’s grid reliable and secure.


Registration is open for fall classroom training courses: WEM 101, WEM 201, and FCM 101

ISO New England is pleased to announce that registration is open for fall 2019 market training classes: WEM 101 in September, WEM 201 in November, and FCM 101 in October. These courses will be held at The Hotel Northampton.

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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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