Entries in planning advisory committee (7)


EPRI expert to keynote the PAC's Grid Transformation Day

The ISO New England Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) is pleased to announce its keynote speaker at the May 23, Grid Transformation Day: Aidan Tuohy, Principal Project Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Dr. Tuohy, pictured, is a leading expert on bulk power system integration of variable generation and DERs. He joined EPRI in October 2010 to work in the Grid Operations and Planning group, after completing his Ph.D. at University College Dublin, Ireland. EPRI is an internationally renowned non-profit that conducts R&D related to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of society.

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Save the Date: PAC day on grid transformation is May 23

ISO New England is planning a day-long event for the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) called “Grid Transformation” to be held May 23, 2019, at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough, Massachusetts. As part of the ongoing hybrid grid transformation, the ISO anticipates large-scale development of wind generation facilities, distributed energy resources (especially solar PV), energy storage (batteries and other types), demand response, and high-voltage DC transmission and flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS). The meeting will focus on the technical challenges and potential benefits presented by this grid transformation, as well as the potential solutions for addressing many of the changes the industry is facing. To that end, the ISO is inviting industry experts and stakeholders to engage in this discussion about grid transformation.

Additional details will follow over the month, including finalized speakers and panel session descriptions. Advanced registration is required and will be made available during the first week of April on the PAC page of the ISO website


ISO-NE releases draft 2016 NEPOOL Scenario Analysis

ISO New England has released for stakeholder comment a draft version of 2016 NEPOOL Scenario Analysis—Implications of Public Policy on ISO New England Market Design, System Reliability and Operability, Resource Costs and Revenues, and Emissions. The report examines resource-expansion scenarios of the regional power system and the potential effects of these different future changes on resource adequacy, operating and capital costs for new resources, and options for meeting environmental policy goals. The study presents a common framework for NEPOOL participants, regional electricity market stakeholders, policymakers, and consumers to identify and discuss these issues and possible solutions.

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Results of three stakeholder-requested economic studies on wind development

In addition to the engineering studies conducted regularly to ensure long-term reliability of the region’s bulk power system, ISO New England conducts up to three economic studies annually at the request of regional stakeholders. Each study analyzes the economic impacts of a power system scenario developed by those requesting the study. Each study’s scope of work and assumptions of future conditions are largely defined by the requestors, with input from both the Planning Advisory Committee and ISO New England.

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RSP15 Public Forum featured keynote by Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and representatives from the electric industry met to discuss regional energy challenges at the 2015 Regional System Plan Public Meeting at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on September 10, 2015. ISO New England holds the meeting annually to review the draft Regional System Plan, a comprehensive report on the status of the region’s power grid and trends for the next 10 years.

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ISO-NE selects all-AC transmission solution to address grid reliability needs in Greater Boston

ISO New England has selected the Eversource (formerly Northeast Utilities) and National Grid alternating current (AC) transmission proposal as the preferred transmission solution to bolster the region’s power grid in the Greater Boston area to ensure continued reliability into the future. The all-AC proposal was chosen over another proposal supported by New Hampshire Transmission (NHT), which included the use of both AC and underwater, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) components. The AC plan was ultimately selected because it is significantly less expensive and also because it is superior when other performance criteria are considered.

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