Tuesday
Sep172013

Growth in solar energy means changes for power grid planning, operations

Solar energy has become one of the fastest growing types of electricity generation in New England. Based on ISO New England and available state data, more than 250 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) resources were installed by the end of 2012—and approximately half of that was in 2012 alone. While this is still a relatively small amount—many conventional power plants in New England are larger than this aggregate capacity—the mounting volume and pace of solar development has prompted ISO New England to ratchet up its efforts to understand the impact this resource and other distributed generation (DG) technologies, such as cogeneration, biomass, and wind turbines, will have on the regional grid.

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Friday
Sep132013

ISO-NE and New England states discuss strategies for securing digital infrastructure

ISO New England recently hosted a meeting of New England state utility commissioners and staff to continue an ongoing dialogue on the importance of electric grid cybersecurity. All six state commissions were represented as well as the New England States Committee on Electricity.

ISO New England began the discussion with a broad overview of its physical and cyber security practices, highlighting the importance of restricting access to sensitive systems and its commitment to mandatory ongoing training for ISO staff.

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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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