Entries in renewable resources (49)

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.

Wednesday
Jan112017

US Department of Energy releases Quadrennial Energy Review 1.2

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the second installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER 1.2), examining an array of issues and trends affecting the electric system in North America, from bulk power generation to end user, out to 2040. The report, titled “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System,” finds that the electric system is a critical and essential national asset and that it is a strategic imperative to protect and enhance the value of the system through modernization and transformation. The QER 1.2 conducts its analysis within the context of three overarching national goals: enhancing economic competitiveness, promoting environmental responsibility, and providing for the nation’s security. 

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Tuesday
Jan102017

Grid in the balance: Mass.-based magazine publishes opinion piece from ISO-NE CEO on the state of the region’s electric grid

CommonWealth Magazine, a public policy-oriented quarterly publication in Massachusetts, has published an opinion piece, entitled "Grid in the Balance" by Gordon van Welie, ISO New England’s CEO, on the successes and concerns facing the region’s electric grid.

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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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