Entries in solar (13)

Wednesday
Apr192017

ISO-NE marks Earth Day 2017 with an update on the effects of clean-energy initiatives in New England

This Earth Day (Saturday, 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
Mar272017

Draft 2017-2026 forecast: energy usage will decline slightly and peak demand will remain flat

Every year, ISO New England develops a projection of how much electricity the region will use and how high demand will peak during each of the next 10 years. The 10-year forecast is a key system planning tool, helping ensure New England has an adequate supply of resources to meet future demand, and a transmission system that can do the job of carrying power to residents and businesses.

The draft long-term forecast for 2017 to 2026 projects that energy usage will decline slightly in New England and peak demand will remain flat over the 10-year period. The primary factors are continuing robust installation of energy-efficiency measures and behind-the-meter solar arrays throughout the region, as well as a slightly lower forecast for economic growth in New England.

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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
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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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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