Entries in environment (4)


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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Regional air emissions 2014: significant long-term reductions; slowing year-on-year declines

Since 2001, SO2 down 94%, NOx down 66%, CO2 down 26%

For over a decade, a shifting fuel mix and emission controls on fossil-fuel-fired power plants in New England have created significant overall reductions in the region’s annual generator air emissions. Recent retirements of older generators—especially those fueled by coal—are also helping to drive down sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, in particular.

However, looking at year-over-year changes recently, there’s been a slowdown in emission reductions. While many factors are involved, a key contributor has been increasing generation from higher-emitting units needed when the natural gas transportation system is constrained.

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EPA cites as best practice ISO-NE’s evaluation manual for energy-efficiency resources

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized one of ISO New England’s evaluation manuals as a model resource for quantifying and verifying the savings from energy-efficiency (EE) measures.

Specifically, the ISO’s Measurement and Verification of Demand Reduction Value from Demand Resources was cited as one of the best practices for statistical sampling of demand resources participating in competitive wholesale electricity markets, as well as a resource for learning more about how EE savings can be quantified and verified.

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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.

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