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Update on the 2017/2018 Winter Reliability Program

3/13/18 update: Preliminary February program usage posted. Please note that the number of program oil barrels used in the program differs from the actual amount of oil burned regionally because participation is capped for each participating generator. Additionally, not all generators participate in the program. Read “Power Systems Update: New England grid operations through recent bitter cold weather and preparation for winter storm” to learn how the winter reliability program has provided critical support again this winter.

For the fifth year in a row, a winter reliability program is in effect in New England to address seasonal reliability challenges created by constraints on New England’s interstate natural gas pipeline system. The program is a short-term, cost-effective effort to help ensure eligible generators have the fuel needed to operate reliably during very cold winter periods.

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United States Department of Energy releases report on electric grid reliability and resilience

On August 23, the US Department of Energy released a report focused on a variety of challenges affecting the reliability and resiliency of the electric grid. The report was initiated by the Secretary of Energy in April, with a focus on the effects of various economic and political factors on electric grid operations, including baseload generation powered by nuclear and coal.

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Requests to participate in 2017/2018 Winter Reliability Program due October 1

Market participants: Requests to participate in the Oil Program, LNG Program, or Demand Response Program are due to ISO New England Customer Service by October 1, 2017. 

Read FERC approves reliability program for winters 2015/2016, 2016/2017, and 2017/2018 to learn more about the Winter Reliability Program and why the ISO is implementing these programs for the coming three winters.

See the Winter Program Payment Rate page for details on payment rates.


Winter 2016/2017 recap: Power system performs well during generally mild weather

New England’s power system performed well during winter 2016/2017, though colder temperatures in December led to higher natural gas and wholesale electric prices compared to the prices seen during the record-setting warm weather of winter 2015/2016.

While January and February were milder than normal, temperatures in December 2016 averaged 32.4°F, more than 10°F colder than the previous December. Over the course of the winter New Englanders used 30,933 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity, slightly less than the 31,328 GWh used during the previous winter (which, as a leap year, included one extra day in February), but significantly less than the 33,709 GWh used during the much colder 2014/2015 winter, according to ISO New England data.

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ISO-NE launches 2017 Regional Electricity Outlook 

Annual report describes transformation of New England’s power system

ISO New England has published its 2017 Regional Electricity Outlook, an annual report looking at the challenges and trends impacting New England’s power system, as well as the innovative solutions the ISO and regional stakeholders are pursuing to ensure reliable electricity for the region’s homes and businesses—today and into the future. The report and companion webpages look back on the changes in New England’s electricity industry over the past two decades, while exploring the changes currently underway in the region.

A full version of the 2017 Regional Electricity Outlook is available for download.

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Grid in the balance: Mass.-based magazine publishes opinion piece from ISO-NE CEO on the state of the region’s electric grid

CommonWealth Magazine, a public policy-oriented quarterly publication in Massachusetts, has published an opinion piece, entitled "Grid in the Balance" by Gordon van Welie, ISO New England’s CEO, on the successes and concerns facing the region’s electric grid.

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