Entries in solar (12)

Thursday
May122016

Long-term forecasts: Electricity usage will remain flat and peak demand is expected to grow slowly

ISO-NE has published its annual CELT, energy efficiency, and PV forecasts

ISO New England has published its 2016-2025 Forecast Report of Capacity, Energy, Loads, and Transmission (CELT), a primary source for assumptions used in ISO system planning and reliability studies. It provides a 10-year snapshot of the New England power system, including the total generating capacity of resources in the region, the breakdown of the region’s generators by fuel type, a link to the list of transmission projects proposed, planned, and under construction to ensure system reliability, and the long-term forecast for growth in energy use and peak demand. ISO New England’s long-term forecast for electricity use is developed each year using state and regional economic forecasts, 40 years of weather history in New England, and other factors. The CELT also includes results from the ISO’s latest energy-efficiency (EE) forecast and solar photovoltaic (PV) forecast, which project the load-reducing effects of EE resources and “behind-the-meter” PV resources connected at customer sites to local distribution systems.

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Friday
Apr222016

ISO-NE marks Earth Day 2016 with an update on energy-efficiency, solar, and wind resources in New England

How the region is on its way to meeting states’ “green power” goals

New Englanders take note: as the world marks the 46th annual Earth Day on Friday, April 22, widespread efforts are well underway here, in our six-state region, to develop cleaner sources of electric energy and reduce electricity use. ISO New England has been working closely with both the states and industry stakeholders to help quantify and integrate regional developments related to energy-efficiency (EE) programs and wind and solar resources, two renewable sources of power.

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Tuesday
Sep292015

ISO-NE invited to share research and experiences at influential 2015 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting

ISO engineers make strong showing, receive accolades on research related to new technologies for “Powering Up the Next Generation”

As in past years, several ISO New England power system engineers were asked to share their expertise, findings, and business-case experience at the 2015 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting in July. The Power & Energy Society (PES) is a highly regarded international association for leaders in the field of electric power engineering and is part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)—the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence. Through their participation in the PES, ISO employees help expand the knowledge base and advance the industry.

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Monday
Mar162015

Europe braces for unprecedented dip in solar generation during eclipse; US system operators take note

Updated on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:33AM by Registered CommenterISO New England

The March 20 eclipse will remove up to 35 GW of solar power from European grids; ISO-NE watching closely as regional PV growth continues

An historic event will unfold overseas in late March. For the first time, operators of large, synchronized electric power systems will have to manage a potentially sizeable loss of generation caused by a solar eclipse. Starting the morning of March 20 at 7:40 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the output from Europe’s solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will drop off—then ramp up again—as the moon blots out the sun’s light in rolling two-hour periods across the area.

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Tuesday
Sep172013

Growth in solar energy means changes for power grid planning, operations

Solar energy has become one of the fastest growing types of electricity generation in New England. Based on ISO New England and available state data, more than 250 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) resources were installed by the end of 2012—and approximately half of that was in 2012 alone. While this is still a relatively small amount—many conventional power plants in New England are larger than this aggregate capacity—the mounting volume and pace of solar development has prompted ISO New England to ratchet up its efforts to understand the impact this resource and other distributed generation (DG) technologies, such as cogeneration, biomass, and wind turbines, will have on the regional grid.

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Wednesday
Jan252012

New England power grid operating under normal conditions after solar-storm effects reach Earth

According to the NOAA/NWS Space Weather Prediction Center, a coronal mass ejection on the sun earlier this week caused the strongest solar radiation storm since 2003.

As the region’s grid operator, ISO New England monitors all types of weather, including solar storms, because bulk power system reliability can be affected under certain conditions. Learn more about solar magnetic disturbances and steps the ISO can take to maintain bulk power system reliability in the event of a predicted strong geomagnetic storm.

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