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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Tuesday
Jun252013

New England governors to explore expansion of Canadian hydro-power imports

On June 17, five New England states announced a collaborative effort to explore expanding the import of large amounts of Canadian hydro power into the region. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont agreed to the regional initiative as a way to help meet carbon emission limits and reduce electricity costs.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

ISO-NE now publishing seven-day wind power forecast

Currently, about 700 megawatts (MW) of wind power generation are connected to the New England electric grid. An additional 2,800 MW of wind power are in the ISO’s generation interconnection queue, representing nearly 40% of all generation projects being proposed for development in the region. The ISO is taking steps to prepare for managing the grid with an increasing amount of this resource, which has operating characteristics different from traditional resources in that the fuel—wind—is available intermittently. One major initiative underway this year is the development of a centralized wind power forecast. In May, the ISO began publishing a seven-day wind forecast for New England. Each weekday, a CSV file is made available on the ISO website that provides an aggregate wind power projection for each hour for the next seven days. The forecast is still under development and is posted for informational purposes only; the full, final forecast should be operational before the end of 2013. The forecast is already providing useful data on the expected output of wind power resources in the region.

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Wednesday
May222013

SPI News: Day-Ahead Energy Market timeline changes go into effect May 23 for May 24 operating day

A major goal of the Strategic Planning Initiative, the market change is an important step for region

On April 25, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order approving acceleration of the daily schedule for bidding in and clearing New England’s Day-Ahead Energy Market. The market changes go into effect May 23 for operating day May 24, 2013.

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Friday
May172013

ISO-NE/NYISO conference spotlights grid changes underway, associated challenges, and need for collaboration among industry sectors 

It was a packed house at the joint ISO New England and New York ISO Energy Conference, “Navigating Change,” held on May 9 and 10 in Boston. More than 300 people attended the event to hear from industry experts and leading policymakers about the ongoing transformation in the electricity industry, and how the industry should respond and navigate through this period of rapid change.

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