Entries in natural gas (37)

Monday
Jul142014

ISO-NE and NEPOOL file proposal with FERC to implement a Winter Reliability Program for winter 2014/2015

Updated on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10:00AM by Registered CommenterISO New England

On July 11, 2014, ISO New England and the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) a proposal to implement a revised Winter Reliability Program (WRP) for the upcoming winter (2014/2015). This past winter, the ISO implemented the first WRP, which helped to increase the amount of oil inventory held by oil and dual-fuel generators in the region. The program proved to be critical in keeping the lights on throughout colder-than-normal winter conditions. That first WRP was intended to be a one-time solution to bridge a reliability gap. However, ISO New England’s operational experience last winter and other developments have prompted the ISO and NEPOOL to seek approval of another program to mitigate significant reliability concerns for the upcoming winter.

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Tuesday
Jun172014

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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Thursday
May292014

ISO-NE CEO discusses the grid’s progress, challenges ahead on New Hampshire Public Radio show

On May 29, Gordon van Welie, president and chief executive officer of ISO New England, was a guest on the live New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) talk show, “The Exchange.” During the hour-long program, hosted by Laura Knoy, van Welie discussed challenges facing the New England power grid, including region’s increased dependence on natural gas to produce electricity, the upcoming retirement of power plants, and integrating more renewable energy sources like solar and wind. He also fielded questions from listeners who called in.

Listen to the interview, and read the related posting on the NHPR website.

Thursday
May292014

SPI News: One year after shift in Day-Ahead Energy Market timeline, ISO-NE reports positive results to FERC

Just over a year ago, changes accelerating the Day-Ahead Energy Market (DAM) and Reserve Adequacy Analysis (RAA) timelines went into effect in New England. ISO New England and NEPOOL proposed the revisions in an effort to better align the timing of the region’s wholesale electricity and natural gas markets with the goal of improved reliability of the New England power grid. In an order accepting an acceleration of the timelines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission also directed the ISO to submit a report on the impact the changes have had on operations one year after they went into effect. On May 23, the ISO published an Informational Report finding that the modifications have incrementally improved gas-electric coordination.

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Friday
Apr042014

Oil inventory was key in maintaining power system reliability through colder-than-normal weather during winter 2013/2014

The frigid temperatures that gripped much of the nation this winter posed operational challenges to the New England power grid, led to spikes in natural gas and wholesale electricity prices, and further highlighted issues related to resource performance and the importance of a secure fuel supply. In light of these challenges, here and across the country, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hosted a Technical Conference on April 1, to hear from ISO New England, New York ISO, PJM Interconnection, Southwest Power Pool, Midcontinent ISO, California ISO, and other industry representatives about the impact of the cold weather on power system operations in different parts of the country.

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Tuesday
Mar182014

Higher natural gas prices pushed up prices for wholesale electric energy in 2013

Pipeline constraints and higher demand pushed up prices for both natural gas and power

Natural gas pipeline constraints and higher demand in New England caused the average price of natural gas to rise 76% in 2013, which in turn pushed the wholesale electric energy price up by 55% over 2012’s record low price. Natural gas is the predominant fuel used to generate the region’s electricity, at about 46% of total generation in 2013, so wholesale power prices tend to track the price of natural gas. Preliminary data show that the wholesale energy price averaged $56.06 per megawatt-hour (MWh) in 2013, while natural gas averaged $6.97 per million British thermal units (MMBtu). The wholesale energy price was 30% lower than the all-time high of $80.56/MWh during 2008.

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