Entries in renewable resources (58)


PAC hosts lively day exploring grid transformation

On May 23, the ISO New England Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) hosted a special day of presentations and discussions focused on the ongoing transition to an electric grid powered by renewable and distributed energy resources.

Welcoming a full house of state officials, policy and regulatory stakeholders, and market participants, ISO Vice President of Planning, Stephen Rourke, opened the meeting with a brief overview about the region’s evolving grid. He explained that the ISO is actively taking renewable, storage, and distributed resources into account through its planning, operations, and markets processes, and that the region will need better forecasts, flexible resources, and transmission improvements to plan and operate the system.

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Regional air emissions 2017: long-term reduction trends continue 

Since 2001, SO2 down 98%, NOx down 74%, CO2 down 34%

Note: This article was updated following the publication of the final 2017 ISO New England Electric Generator Air Emissions Report.

Regional emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and carbon dioxide (CO2) declined in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to data compiled for the 2017 ISO New England Electric Generator Air Emissions Report. The lower emissions were due largely to a decline in electricity generation by power plants that use fossil fuels. The year-over-year declines continued long-term reductions in the emissions produced by New England power plants.

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ISO-NE publishes 2019 Regional Electricity Outlook 

ISO New England has published its 2019 Regional Electricity Outlook (REO), an annual report looking at the trends affecting New England’s power system and the innovative solutions the ISO is pursuing to ensure reliable electricity for the region’s homes and businesses—today and into the future. New England’s traditional power grid is rapidly becoming a hybrid system where electricity needs will be met by conventional resources and significant amounts of large-scale renewable resources connected to the regional transmission system, in combination with thousands of small resources connected directly to retail customers or local distribution utilities. The report describes how the ISO is working to solve the operational and market challenges that emerge during this major transformation. The 2019 REO is available at www.iso-ne.com/reo.


Annual media briefing focuses on state of region's electric grid in 2019

ISO New England President and CEO Gordon van Welie updated reporters on the state of the region’s power system during a media briefing on February 20, 2019. New England’s power system is operating from a strong foundation, but vulnerabilities still exist. ISO New England is facing increasing complexities in operating the grid with a shifting resource mix, and in maintaining markets that are truly competitive while accommodating public policy goals. The briefing explored these issues, while providing more information on how New England’s power system is faring, what the ISO sees on the horizon, and preparations for the future grid. Also included is an appendix with facts and figures about the power system, including 2018 data.

Watch the briefing, or view van Welie’s presentation and remarks from the event.


An update on Vineyard Wind’s participation in FCA #13

To clarify misinformation that has been reported in the press and circulated online, ISO New England is providing this background on Vineyard Wind’s participation in the Forward Capacity Auction (FCA) #13, which took place earlier this week.

Vineyard Wind participated in both FCA #13’s primary auction and secondary substitution auction. The offshore wind farm secured a 54-megawatt capacity supply obligation during the substitution auction.

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ISO-NE CEO appears on "A CEO's Virtual Mentor" podcast

Gordon van Welie, ISO New England’s president and CEO, recently joined Tom Linquist, host of Leadership Lyceum’s A CEO’s Virtual Mentor podcast, to discuss the ISO’s role in New England’s evolving power system. During the 35-minute conversation, van Welie and Linquist discussed the origin of ISO New England and the changes in the industry over the past two decades. Throughout the show, van Welie talked about the region’s changing resource mix and how ISO staff work to integrate new resources. The podcast is available on the Leadership Lyceum website, as well as Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify.