Wednesday
May152013

ISO-NE CEO discusses natural gas reliance at US Senate forum

Gordon van Welie, ISO New England’s president and chief executive officer, participated in “Infrastructure, Transportation, Research and Innovation,” a roundtable discussion hosted on May 14, by the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He joined other industry experts and executives to share perspectives on issues and solutions related to natural gas infrastructure and increased demand for the fuel in the US.

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Wednesday
May012013

Capitol Hill hosts Cybersecurity Framework Workshop; ISOs/RTOs submit comments 

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted a Cybersecurity Framework Workshop in Washington, DC on April 3 to discuss implementation of the Obama Administration’s executive order calling for the creation of voluntary cybersecurity standards for critical digital infrastructure.

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Thursday
Apr252013

ISO-NE CEO discusses natural gas issues and the power grid on local public broadcasting show

On April 17, Gordon van Welie, president and chief executive officer of ISO New England, appeared on the WGBY public broadcasting program, "Connecting Point." He was interviewed about the region’s increasing dependence on natural gas for electricity production, the challenges this is causing on the power grid, and what ISO New England and stakeholders are doing to address the issues at hand.

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Wednesday
Mar272013

New England grid operated reliably through 2012/2013 winter despite resource performance challenges 

Two weather-driven events exemplified concerns identified through the Strategic Planning Initiative

Although this winter didn’t prove to be the coldest or stormiest on record, New England endured a one-two punch with a stretch of frigid temperatures in January and then Winter Storm Nemo in February that caused generator, transmission, and distribution system outages. While the ISO was able to maintain reliability throughout these weather events, operators faced significant challenges managing the system with generating resources that were at risk of not being able to produce electricity when and as needed.  

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Wednesday
Mar272013

Massachusetts DPU issues order on capacity needs in Boston area

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued a determination on March 15, 2013, that National Grid and NSTAR should not be required to enter into long-term contracts with developers of electricity generation in Northeast Massachusetts/Greater Boston (NEMA/Boston). The DPU ruled that such a move would only be justified with convincing evidence “that the competitive market had failed and that there were imminent reliability concerns,” conditions that do not exist at this time.

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Tuesday
Mar192013

ISO-NE CEO testifies on gas/electric industry coordination at US House Energy and Power hearing

Updated on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11:21AM by Registered CommenterISO New England

On March 19, Gordon van Welie, president and chief executive officer of ISO New England, testified about the challenges associated with the region’s dependence on natural gas to produce electricity at a hearing called by the US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power.

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