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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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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