Power Systems Update: New England grid operations through recent bitter cold weather and preparation for winter storm

January 7 Power Systems Update 

As of Sunday, January 7, New England’s bulk power system continues to operate reliably during this extremely frigid weather covering New England and the Northeast. Nevertheless, managing the region’s power system through these conditions continues to be challenging, primarily because of fuel availability.

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Schedule posted for Price-Responsive Demand training plan

The Price-Responsive Demand (PRD) Project will enable demand response resources (DRRs) to participate in the energy and reserve markets and to be eligible for Forward Capacity Market (FCM) shortage event penalties or credits, as well as peak energy rents. Below is ISO New England's training plan for market participants. Follow the Price-Responsive Demand (PRD) Project customer readiness page to learn about changes to the Customer and Asset Management System (CAMS), eMarket, remote terminal unit (RTU), and more. Email the training team with questions at

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Customer readiness: Prepare for pay-for-performance, price-responsive demand, and other upcoming market changes

ISO New England has launched two new customer readiness pages to help market participants prepare for major adjustments to ISO systems and processes starting June 2018. The webpages detail deadlines customers must meet, scheduled sandbox sessions, related trainings, and technical documentation.

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Consumer Liaison Group discussed energy storage and hosted FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee at December 2017 meeting

On December 7, the Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) held its last quarterly meeting of the year in Boston, Mass. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee gave the keynote address. A panel discussed The Future of Energy Storage in New England: What it Means for Customers. Panelists included: Christopher Parent, Director, Market Development, ISO New England; Judith Judson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources; Lewis Milford, President, Clean Energy Group; and Ted Ko, Director of Policy, Stem, Inc.

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Summer 2017 markets report reviews wholesale market outcomes during June, July, and August 2017

The Summer 2017 Quarterly Markets Report prepared by the Internal Market Monitor (IMM) of ISO New England reviews wholesale energy market outcomes for the three-month period from June 1 through August 31, 2017.

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Monthly wholesale electricity prices and demand in New England, November 2017

The average wholesale electricity price rose in November on higher natural gas prices

A 32% increase in natural gas prices was the primary reason the monthly average price for wholesale electricity in rose by by 37% in November. The November real-time power price was $33.30 per megawatt-hour (MWh)* compared to the November 2016 price of $24.30/MWh.

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