FERC accepts ISO-NE and NEPOOL proposal for flexible energy supply offers in real time

Latest market enhancement another step toward improving resource performance and mitigating natural-gas dependence risks

On July 1, ISO New England and the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) jointly filed market rule revisions with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to allow more flexibility for supply offers in the energy markets. These “offer flexibility changes” are one more step in the ISO’s Strategic Planning Initiative (SPI).

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ISO New England successfully implements three-year DOE Smart Grid Project

Numerous advancements gained in monitoring and analyzing power system performance; sets foundation for improved reliability and operational efficiency

In 2009, ISO New England, in partnership with regional transmission owners (TOs), applied for and received a smart grid investment grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)  to install data collection devices on the region’s high-voltage transmission system. In the summer of 2010, the ISO and TOs kicked off the Synchrophasor Infrastructure and Data Utilization (SIDU) project, and in June 2013, marked the successful, on-schedule, under-budget completion of this high-tech advancement in grid monitoring and evaluation.

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FERC accepts ISO-NE's proposed winter 2013/2014 reliability program

Updated on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 9:12AM by Registered CommenterISO New England

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has conditionally accepted ISO New England’s proposed reliability program for the 2013/2014 winter, concluding that the proposal is an appropriate solution to the reliability challenges this coming winter, given the program’s interim nature. FERC conditioned its acceptance on revision of the proposal to allocate costs to real-time load obligation, which is paid by load-serving entities, rather than to regional network load, which is paid by transmission owners.

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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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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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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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