Entries in energy storage (8)

Wednesday
Apr192017

ISO-NE marks Earth Day 2017 with an update on the effects of clean-energy initiatives in New England

This Earth Day (Saturday, 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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Tuesday
Apr182017

An energy storage milestone: two batteries join ISO-NE Regulation Market

The presence of advanced battery storage technology continues to increase in New England, with two battery storage systems now participating in ISO New England’s Regulation Market, marking an important milestone in the region’s move towards a hybrid grid.

The batteries are a 3.4 megawatt (MW) system operated by Green Mountain Power in Rutland, Vermont, and a 16.2 MW system operated by NextEra Energy in Maine’s Casco Bay. Both are able to respond to the ISO’s new energy-neutral regulation dispatch signal that directs alternative technologies to cycle between electricity production and consumption over a short period.

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Thursday
Mar162017

ISO-NE joins with other electricity system operators to examine impact of emerging technologies

A report from an affiliation of independent electric grid operators concludes that the future of the North American power grid depends on effectively adding renewables to the grid, the accuracy and availability of data from “behind-the-meter” resources and coordinating these distributed energy resources at the grid operator level to preserve reliability.

The report, “Emerging Technologies: How ISOs and RTOs can create a more nimble, robust electricity system,” was published March 16, 2017 by the ISO/RTO Council (IRC), an affiliation of nine non-profit independent system operators (ISO) and regional transmission organizations, including ISO New England. Collectively, IRC members serve two-thirds of electricity consumers in the United States and more than half in Canada.

In the report, the IRC defines a number of positions regarding policies, strategic approaches, worthy goals, and critical success factors members feel will either enable or hinder them in the near future.

Learn more by reading the press release, summary document, or full report.

Tuesday
Feb212017

ISO-NE files comments as part of proposed FERC rules on energy storage

Comments highlight grid operator’s support of proposal goals

ISO New England filed comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on February 13, 2017, in response to the commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR), which is aimed at better integrating emerging energy storage technologies and distributed energy resources into organized wholesale electric markets.

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Monday
Jan302017

Media briefing focuses on state of region’s electric grid 

ISO New England President and CEO Gordon van Welie provided reporters with an update on the state of New England’s electric system during a media briefing on Monday, January 30, 2017, held as part of the ISO on Background series. The briefing included information on New England’s power grid, the continuing transformation of the fuel resource mix and the fundamental challenges facing the region moving forward. New England is in the midst of a transition away from coal- and oil-fired power plants and towards a “hybrid” power system of larger generators, including renewable resources, and small behind-the-meter resources at customer sites. However, demand for natural gas continues to rise, challenging the region’s fuel security—the assurance that sufficient fuel will be available for power plants to generate the electricity when needed. 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.

Friday
Jan132017

FERC accepts market changes to accommodate energy storage in ISO-NE energy markets

The changes, which go into effect December 2018, provide greater flexibility for new storage technologies to participate in the wholesale electricity marketplace

On December 9, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) accepted changes to ISO New England’s market rules to allow energy storage to participate as dispatchable resources in the Day-Ahead and Real-Time Energy Markets, while continuing to participate as alternative technology regulation resources (ATRRs) in the Regulation Market.

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