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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.


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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Hot off the press: 2016 Regional Electricity Outlook with new companion webpages

Report provides in-depth look at the state of the grid, regional challenges, and ISO-NE innovations

ISO New England has published its annual report on the state of New England’s power system and 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. From the ISO’s bird’s-eye view, the report also explores the unprecedented change currently underway in New England’s electricity industry and its ramifications.

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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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FERC approves reliability program for winters 2015/2016, 2016/2017, and 2017/2018

Proposal selected is nearly identical to last year’s program

On July 15, 2015, ISO New England and the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) filed alternative Winter Reliability Program (WRP) proposals with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to address the region’s well-documented reliability challenges over the next three winters.

Building on the critical role the first and second Winter Reliability programs’ played in ensuring power system reliability through two difficult winters, the proposals for winters 2015/2016, 2016/2017, and 2017/2018 were designed to carry the region through until 2018, when new market-based performance incentives will go into effect that are expected to address the region’s reliability concerns.

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