Entries in new england states (50)

Wednesday
Feb222017

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.

Wednesday
Feb012017

Regional air emissions 2015: slight year-over-year increase in CO2 levels; long-term reductions remain significant 

Since 2001, SO2 down 95%, NOx down 68%, CO2 down 24%

The retirement of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station and the continuing trend of increased oil-fired generation in New England were factors in a slight increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2015 compared to 2014, as well as slowing year-on-year declines, as reported in the 2015 ISO New England Electric Generator Air Emissions Report, issued January 2017. However, significant retirements of coal-fired generation contributed to the region’s continuing long-term reductions in the emissions generated by the region’s power plants.

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Tuesday
Jan312017

ISO-NE staff brief legislators throughout New England

As elected officials kick off their 2017 legislative sessions, several energy committees have invited ISO New England to give briefings on issues related to the regional electric grid. The ISO's External Affairs representatives are traveling throughout the region to  provide the committees an overview of the bulk power system, including power system operations, transmission planning, and wholesale electricity markets, as well as data and information pertinent to the respective states. The presentations also highlight what the ISO has identified as the top reliability risks to the region’s electric grid: inadequate natural gas infrastructure, the retirement of non-gas-fired power plants, and maintaining reliability as increasing amounts of distributed and intermittent resources come online.

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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.

Wednesday
Jan112017

US Department of Energy releases Quadrennial Energy Review 1.2

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. 

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Tuesday
Jan102017

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.