The total amount of energy and the sources of energy the New England region used in 2016 to satisfy all residential, commercial, and industrial customer demand are listed on the ISO website. This “net energy for load” is calculated by adding total generation output within the region with net imports and exports to neighboring regions, then subtracting the energy used to operate pumped storage power plants. The Resource Mix webpage provides a breakdown of generation by fuel type and of imports and exports over individual tie lines that make up last year's net energy for load. Numbers are preliminary until the 90-day resettlement process is complete. This information also is available in spreadsheet form on the Net Energy and Peak Load webpage in ISO Express by month and year dating back to 2000.
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the second installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER 1.2), examining an array of issues and trends affecting the electric system in North America, from bulk power generation to end user, out to 2040. The report, titled “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System,” finds that the electric system is a critical and essential national asset and that it is a strategic imperative to protect and enhance the value of the system through modernization and transformation. The QER 1.2 conducts its analysis within the context of three overarching national goals: enhancing economic competitiveness, promoting environmental responsibility, and providing for the nation’s security.
Mixing things up: ISO-NE offers additional way to view real-time fuel mix with new graph in ISO Express
Current pie chart shows fuel mix by percentage; new graph shows fuel mix by megawatt
One of the most popular features of ISO-NE’s website is the fuel-mix pie chart found on the homepage and in ISO Express. The chart is a snapshot of the fuels New England's power plants are currently using to generate electricity, by percentage. The ISO has now made a complementary graph available in ISO Express that shows the fuels New England's power plants are using to generate electricity throughout the course of a day, by megawatt. Side-by-side, the fuel mix chart and graph provide not only an instant read of the current fuels in use but also how that usage evolves over the course of the day.
ISO highlights importance of efficient wholesale markets; notes that additional energy infrastructure is needed to maintain reliability and meet regional environmental goals
On June 28, Gordon van Welie, President & CEO of ISO New England, submitted comments to the US Department of Energy (DOE) as it prepares to write the second iteration (“Version 1.2”) of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). For the 2016 QER, the DOE is focusing on the entirety of the electric system in the United States and North America from bulk power generation to end user.
ISO-NE incorporates wind-powered resources into real-time dispatch with Do Not Exceed Dispatch Project
The change helps improve price formation in the markets and marks an important milestone in ISO New England’s efforts to efficiently integrate renewable resources
On May 25, the region’s wind-powered resources and intermittent hydro resources began taking electronic dispatch instructions from ISO New England for the first time and became eligible to set real-time prices in the wholesale electricity marketplace. These changes were effected by the Do Not Exceed (DNE) Dispatch Project in which the ISO worked with stakeholders to implement a modified electronic dispatch method for these intermittent resources. The new system is expected to improve price formation in the marketplace and system use of low-cost renewable resources in areas with limited transmission capacity by:
US Department of Energy conducts outreach meeting in Boston for second installment of Quadrennial Energy Review
ISO New England provides grid operator perspective on evolution of region’s electric grid
On April 15, the US Department of Energy (DOE) conducted a stakeholder outreach meeting in Boston, MA, as it collects information from various regions of the country for the second iteration of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). The 2016 version of the QER is focused on all aspects of the electric grid, from bulk power generation to end users to distributed generation, microgrids, and other “grid-edge” issues. The April 15 meeting highlighted issues impacting New England, New York, and states covered by the PJM Interconnection footprint.