Entries in renewable resources (45)

Thursday
Dec152016

One factor rises above the rest when accurately predicting future energy use: the weather

How the ISO uses weather forecasts in formulating electric demand estimates

Earlier this summer, on July 7, 2016, a cold front moved into New England from the north, leading to unexpectedly cooler temperatures across the region. Boston hovered in the mid-60s for most of the day. An unanticipated thunderstorm in Hartford  caused a quick and dramatic drop in temperatures. The cool weather lasted through July 8.

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Tuesday
Dec132016

Turbines are spinning at the nation’s first offshore wind facility

ISO-NE continues efforts to help integrate more offshore and onshore wind energy in New England

On December 12, 2016, Deepwater Wind announced that its Block Island Wind Farm had begun delivering electricity to the grid—a historic occasion for both the region and the US. The facility represents the first offshore wind farm in the nation and is paving the way for similar projects to harness New England’s significant offshore wind energy potential. As of December 1, three offshore wind projects representing 2,054 megawatts (MW) were requesting interconnection to the regional power system. Federal and state efforts are helping spur the growth of this new industry. Recent Massachusetts legislation, for example, allows the state to procure approximately 1,600 MW of offshore wind, and several offshore wind projects across the country are receiving grants from the US Department of Energy.

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Tuesday
Nov012016

Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island select projects to move forward under Clean Energy RFP

On October 24, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island released their evaluation of the projects submitted in response to the Clean Energy Request for Proposals (RFP) and announced that they collectively selected projects that represent approximately 460 megawatts (MW) of clean energy for New England’s wholesale market. Projects selected must successfully complete contract negotiations by mid-January 2017 and submit contracts for regulatory approval by March 1, 2017, before final acceptance.

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Wednesday
Oct262016

New ISO-NE webpage highlights the growing impact of solar power across the six states

Heat maps and load profiles illustrate solar power’s growing effects on the regional power system and grid operations

ISO New England is pleased to announce a new webpage, Solar Power in New England. Explore how solar power capacity is expected to grow, see how it’s already reducing the amount of electricity demanded from the grid at certain times of day, and learn why this creates challenges for ISO forecasting and grid operations.

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Wednesday
Sep072016

In brief: New handout summarizes ISO-NE’s high-tech initiatives

ISO New England has published Getting Ready for the Hybrid Grid, a one-sheet summary of our cutting-edge efforts to facilitate New England’s transition to a smarter, greener grid. The handout describes how the ISO is breaking new ground in the areas of forecasting and dispatch of renewable resources and other new technologies; high-speed cloud computing for analyzing vast, complex data; and protecting against cyber threats.

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Friday
Sep022016

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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