Entries in energy efficiency (12)

Wednesday
Mar012017

The New England states have an ongoing framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Here’s a rundown of regional and state goals

While much attention is given nationally to the topic of climate change, the six New England states have been working for more than 15 years to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions on both a regional and state level. The states are addressing climate policy through both legislative mandates and aspirational, non-binding goals.

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Wednesday
Feb012017

Regional air emissions 2015: slight year-over-year increase in CO2 levels; long-term reductions remain significant 

Since 2001, SO2 down 95%, NOx down 68%, CO2 down 24%

The retirement of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station and the continuing trend of increased oil-fired generation in New England were factors in a slight increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2015 compared to 2014, as well as slowing year-on-year declines, as reported in the 2015 ISO New England Electric Generator Air Emissions Report, issued January 2017. However, significant retirements of coal-fired generation contributed to the region’s continuing long-term reductions in the emissions generated by the region’s power plants.

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Thursday
May122016

Long-term forecasts: Electricity usage will remain flat and peak demand is expected to grow slowly

ISO-NE has published its annual CELT, energy efficiency, and PV forecasts

ISO New England has published its 2016-2025 Forecast Report of Capacity, Energy, Loads, and Transmission (CELT), a primary source for assumptions used in ISO system planning and reliability studies. It provides a 10-year snapshot of the New England power system, including the total generating capacity of resources in the region, the breakdown of the region’s generators by fuel type, a link to the list of transmission projects proposed, planned, and under construction to ensure system reliability, and the long-term forecast for growth in energy use and peak demand. ISO New England’s long-term forecast for electricity use is developed each year using state and regional economic forecasts, 40 years of weather history in New England, and other factors. The CELT also includes results from the ISO’s latest energy-efficiency (EE) forecast and solar photovoltaic (PV) forecast, which project the load-reducing effects of EE resources and “behind-the-meter” PV resources connected at customer sites to local distribution systems.

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Friday
Apr222016

ISO-NE marks Earth Day 2016 with an update on energy-efficiency, solar, and wind resources in New England

How the region is on its way to meeting states’ “green power” goals

New Englanders take note: as the world marks the 46th annual Earth Day on Friday, April 22, widespread efforts are well underway here, in our six-state region, to develop cleaner sources of electric energy and reduce electricity use. ISO New England has been working closely with both the states and industry stakeholders to help quantify and integrate regional developments related to energy-efficiency (EE) programs and wind and solar resources, two renewable sources of power.

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Thursday
Apr212016

Winter 2015/2016 recap: New England power system performed well and prices remained low

Compared to winters past, the winter of 2015-2016 featured above-average temperatures and a brief cold snap in February. Many in the region have called it the “the winter that wasn’t.”

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this winter was the warmest on record in the US. The average temperature in the lower 48 states was 36.8°F, which is 4.6°F above the 20th-century average. That beats the previous record of 36.5 degrees set in the winter of 1999-2000.

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Tuesday
Apr072015

New England power system performed well through winter 2014/2015

Now that the winter of 2014/2015 is one for the history books, this much we know is certain: no two New England winters are alike. A confluence of regional and global factors, advance planning and preparations, and delayed cold weather during winter 2014/2015 helped alleviate the operational issues and record-high prices seen during the previous winter.

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