Friday
Aug302013

ISO New England issues statement on the regional impacts of Vermont Yankee retirement

On Tuesday, August 27, Entergy Nuclear Power Marketing submitted to ISO New England its formal request to retire the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in 2014. ISO New England issued a statement on the impacts this decision will have on the regional power system.

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Tuesday
Aug132013

Ten years after the 2003 Northeast Blackout, much has changed

August 14, 2013, marks the ten-year anniversary of one of the most notable dates in the history of power system operations: the 2003 Northeast Blackout. On this day, more than 50 million people in the US and Canada lost power—and it all happened in a matter of seconds.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Stakeholder discussions underway on ISO-NE's four-zone model for FCM; changes scheduled for FCA-9

ISO New England is targeting the ninth Forward Capacity Auction (FCA-9), scheduled for February 2015, to implement changes to the modeling of zones in the region’s Forward Capacity Market (FCM). The ISO filed a schedule with FERC on July 30 and will continue discussions with stakeholders to comply with a May 31, 2013, FERC order on zonal configuration.

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Thursday
Jul252013

Heat wave pushes New England electricity use to highest peak this year

Sweltering temperatures and high humidity from July 14 through July 20 sent electricity demand soaring and set some new records for power use. At the onset of the week, ISO system operators forecasted very high demand for electricity—the highest of the season—and tight power system conditions were expected throughout the week.

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Thursday
Jul182013

ISO-NE outlines tariff revisions to comply with interregional elements of FERC Order 1000

ISO New England filed proposed tariff changes to comply with the interregional planning and cost allocation requirements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 1000 in early July 2013. With a long-standing interregional planning process among ISO New England, the New York ISO (NYISO) and PJM Interconnection already in place, the ISO believes that it has a strong foundation for compliance with the interregional elements of Order 1000. The three regions have engaged in interregional planning since they were formed in the late 1990s, with a formal planning protocol developed in 2003. On behalf of NYISO and PJM, ISO New England filed the revisions designed to bring the Northeastern ISO/RTO Planning Coordination Protocol into compliance with Order 1000. The ISO’s compliance filing includes tariff revisions to add a formal cost-allocation methodology to replace the informal process used for years by the neighboring regions.

Monday
Jul012013

ISO-NE summarizes factors that contribute to curtailment of wind power during grid operations

Over the past five years, the amount of wind power connected to the New England high-voltage power grid has grown rapidly—from approximately two megawatts (MW) in 2005 to more than 700 MW today. Another 2,000+ MW of wind generation has been proposed for the region. Rapidly evolving technology, public policy goals and requirements, and government programs such as the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) are all contributing to rising wind energy development. The growth of this resource adds to the region’s generation portfolio and can also help meet state renewable energy goals. At the same time, it is also adding new and complex challenges to managing the New England power grid.

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