Entries in renewable resources (56)

Thursday
May032018

A regional first: New Englanders used less grid electricity midday than while they were sleeping on April 21

Solar power also pushes past 2,300 megawatts (MW) for first time

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, the right combination of sunshine and mild weather led to light consumer demand on the high-voltage electric power system, coupled with record-high output from the more than 130,000 solar power installations in the region. The result was that midday grid demand dipped below overnight demand for the first time ever in New England.

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Wednesday
Apr252018

Winter 2017/2018 recap: Historic cold snap reinforces findings in Operational Fuel-Security Analysis

Weather always plays a crucial role in how ISO New England operates the region's power grid, and that was certainly the case as New England faced a historic two-week cold snap in late December and early January that sent temperatures plunging and nearly pushed the bulk power system to the brink.

"The cold temperatures, together with winter storms and other complicating factors, led to some of the most challenging conditions our system operators have ever had to navigate," said Peter Brandien, ISO New England's vice president for system operations.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Earth Day 2018: Setting regional solar and wind power records in New England

This Earth Day (Sunday, April 22)—or any day—you can learn about the role that renewables and other clean-energy resources are playing in the region by visiting ISO New England’s Key Grid and Market Stats and Grid in Transition webpages. Following are some snapshots of where the region stands, with links to learn more.

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Monday
Mar192018

Staying a Step Ahead: A look inside ISO-NE and the region’s changing power system

Have you ever wondered what it’s like in ISO New England’s control room? Or how the ISO fits into the region’s energy landscape? Staying a Step Ahead, released March 19, takes you inside the ISO, showcasing how the grid operator keeps the lights on across New England – today and in the future. Shot at the ISO offices and throughout New England, the video looks at the transformation occurring in New England, as the region transitions from a grid powered by oil and coal plants to one more reliant on renewable energy.

Learn more about the ISO’s three critical roles, and read about New England’s power system in the 2018 Regional Electricity Outlook.

Monday
Mar122018

FERC issues order accepting CASPR revisions to Forward Capacity Market

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order on March 9, 2018, accepting ISO New England’s CASPR proposal in its entirety and rejecting all of the arguments raised in protests. The Commission notes that out-of-market state revenues can result in building more capacity than a region needs, overpayment by consumers for capacity, inefficiently low capacity market prices and the erosion of investor confidence. The Commission concludes that the CASPR proposal, along with the New England region’s minimum offer price rules (MOPR), appropriately addresses the issues associated with out-of-market state revenues while ensuring that the overall capacity market can continue to attract and maintain appropriate levels of new resource investment.

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Wednesday
Feb282018

Annual media briefing focuses on state of region’s electric grid in 2018

As part of the ISO on Background series, ISO New England President and CEO Gordon van Welie provided reporters with an update on the state of New England’s power system during a media briefing on February 27, 2018. The briefing included an assessment of the regional power grid in 2018, as well as an overview of the current challenges. van Welie reported that New England’s power grid continues to operate reliably and the wholesale markets continue to provide competitive prices. However, the region’s growing fuel security risk, highlighted by a recent stretch of cold weather, is making reliable operations more tenuous. Competitive pricing in the wholesale markets is challenged by public policy initiatives to procure clean energy at above-market prices. View van Welie’s presentation and remarks from the event. 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.