Entries in renewable resources (47)

Monday
Mar272017

ISO-NE CEO honored with UVIG achievement award

The Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) has recognized ISO New England President and CEO Gordon van Welie with a 2017 Annual Achievement Award for sustained leadership in transmission planning and market design evolution to accommodate the diverse future resource mix in New England.

New England is in the midst of a rapid expansion of power resource types, including wind and solar power, demand resources, and new energy storage options. Visit the ISO New England website to learn more about these emerging technologies and how the ISO is integrating them into the region’s electric grid.

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Thursday
Mar162017

ISO-NE joins with other electricity system operators to examine impact of emerging technologies

A report from an affiliation of independent electric grid operators concludes that the future of the North American power grid depends on effectively adding renewables to the grid, the accuracy and availability of data from “behind-the-meter” resources and coordinating these distributed energy resources at the grid operator level to preserve reliability.

The report, “Emerging Technologies: How ISOs and RTOs can create a more nimble, robust electricity system,” was published March 16, 2017 by the ISO/RTO Council (IRC), an affiliation of nine non-profit independent system operators (ISO) and regional transmission organizations, including ISO New England. Collectively, IRC members serve two-thirds of electricity consumers in the United States and more than half in Canada.

In the report, the IRC defines a number of positions regarding policies, strategic approaches, worthy goals, and critical success factors members feel will either enable or hinder them in the near future.

Learn more by reading the press release, summary document, or full report.

Wednesday
Mar012017

The New England states have an ongoing framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Here’s a rundown of regional and state goals

While much attention is given nationally to the topic of climate change, the six New England states have been working for more than 15 years to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions on both a regional and state level. The states are addressing climate policy through both legislative mandates and aspirational, non-binding goals.

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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.

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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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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.