For the second year in a row, ISO New England has implemented a Winter Reliability Program (WRP) designed to address concerns about the ability of power system resources to perform when dispatched, especially during cold weather conditions. The program provides incentives for oil and dual-fuel generators (i.e., units that can run on either gas or oil) to increase oil inventories, for natural-gas-fired generators to contract for liquefied natural gas (LNG) to augment pipeline gas, and for new demand-response resources to be available. Another component of the WRP that will help bolster reliability beyond this winter is the incentive for gas-fired generators to invest in dual-fuel capability.
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ISO-NE and NEPOOL file proposal with FERC to implement a Winter Reliability Program for winter 2014/2015
Updated on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10:00AM by ISO New England
On July 11, 2014, ISO New England and the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) a proposal to implement a revised Winter Reliability Program (WRP) for the upcoming winter (2014/2015). This past winter, the ISO implemented the first WRP, which helped to increase the amount of oil inventory held by oil and dual-fuel generators in the region. The program proved to be critical in keeping the lights on throughout colder-than-normal winter conditions. That first WRP was intended to be a one-time solution to bridge a reliability gap. However, ISO New England’s operational experience last winter and other developments have prompted the ISO and NEPOOL to seek approval of another program to mitigate significant reliability concerns for the upcoming winter.
ISO-NE CEO visits NECN to discuss natural gas dependency, other challenges affecting the regional grid
The New England Cable News (NECN) station welcomed Gordon van Welie, president and CEO of ISO New England, on June 10, to be a guest on their show “CEO Corner,” hosted by business editor Peter Howe.
Updated on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 9:12AM by ISO 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.
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.
Earlier this year, Martin LaMonica, a Green Tech reporter for CNET—a highly regarded tech news and information website—was writing a story about the role demand resources (DR) were playing during the July heat wave.