Entries in energy storage (13)

Monday
Oct292018

Customer Readiness webpage now available on Energy Storage Device Project; market rule changes filed with FERC

ISO New England, joined by the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), has submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) revisions to Market Rule 1 to codify a new design that enables batteries and other emerging storage technologies to more fully participate in the New England wholesale electricity markets. The revisions allow emerging storage technologies to be dispatched in the Real-Time Energy Market in a manner that more fully recognizes their ability to transition continuously and rapidly between a charging state and a discharging state and provides a means for their simultaneous participation in the energy, reserves, and regulation markets. The ISO and NEPOOL filed the changes on October 10 and have requested FERC respond by December 10 so that the changes can become effective on April 1, 2019.

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Wednesday
Sep262018

Microgrids are key part of new energy landscape; ISO-NE helps pave way for market integration

New England’s power system is transitioning to a future with increasing amounts of renewable and distributed resources, and microgrids are an exciting example of both. This past August, the Otis Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts unveiled its brand-new microgrid that can meet the base’s electricity needs should it be disconnected from the power system. It consists of a 1.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbine, a 1.6 MW diesel generator, and a 1.6 MW battery.

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Tuesday
Aug212018

Battery storage is “charging” ahead in New England

ISO-NE continues to remove barriers and expand market access for energy-storage technologies

Grid-scale (also called utility-scale) battery storage is coming on fast in New England. While the region’s wholesale electricity markets are already open to battery storage resources, ISO New England is working to ensure they can fully reflect their physical capabilities to the markets. By 2022, currently proposed new projects could add almost 850 MW of battery storage capacity in the region. (ISO Generator Interconnection Queue, August 17, 2018) When compared to the 19 MW that are currently on line, this is a whopping increase of over 4,000%. Additionally, over 1,000 MW of the 9,400 MW of new wind and solar capacity currently proposed in the region will include some amount of battery storage.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Earth Day 2018: Setting regional solar and wind power records in New England

This Earth Day (Sunday, April 22)—or any day—you can learn about the role that renewables and other clean-energy resources are playing in the region by visiting ISO New England’s Key Grid and Market Stats and Grid in Transition webpages. Following are some snapshots of where the region stands, with links to learn more.

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Monday
Mar192018

Staying a Step Ahead: A look inside ISO-NE and the region’s changing power system

Have you ever wondered what it’s like in ISO New England’s control room? Or how the ISO fits into the region’s energy landscape? Staying a Step Ahead, released March 19, takes you inside the ISO, showcasing how the grid operator keeps the lights on across New England – today and in the future. Shot at the ISO offices and throughout New England, the video looks at the transformation occurring in New England, as the region transitions from a grid powered by oil and coal plants to one more reliant on renewable energy.

Learn more about the ISO’s three critical roles, and read about New England’s power system in the 2018 Regional Electricity Outlook.

Wednesday
Feb282018

Annual media briefing focuses on state of region’s electric grid in 2018

As part of the ISO on Background series, ISO New England President and CEO Gordon van Welie provided reporters with an update on the state of New England’s power system during a media briefing on February 27, 2018. The briefing included an assessment of the regional power grid in 2018, as well as an overview of the current challenges. van Welie reported that New England’s power grid continues to operate reliably and the wholesale markets continue to provide competitive prices. However, the region’s growing fuel security risk, highlighted by a recent stretch of cold weather, is making reliable operations more tenuous. Competitive pricing in the wholesale markets is challenged by public policy initiatives to procure clean energy at above-market prices. View van Welie’s presentation and remarks from the event. Watch the briefing, or view van Welie’s presentation and remarks from the event.

ISO on Background is a series of periodic briefings designed to provide members of the media with an informal opportunity to learn more about the trends affecting New England’s electricity industry and ISO New England’s role in the region’s power system.