For the fourth year in a row, a winter reliability program is in effect to help augment fuel adequacy in New England. In September 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a program for the winters of 2015/2016 to 2017/2018 to address seasonal reliability challenges created by constraints on New England’s interstate natural gas pipeline system. The previous programs proved to be cost-effective, short-term solutions to help keep the lights on in New England during very cold winter days.
Entries in strategic planning initiative (25)
Read FERC approves reliability program for winters 2015/2016, 2016/2017, and 2017/2018 to learn more about the Winter Reliability Program and why the ISO is implementing these programs for the coming three winters.
See the Winter Program Payment Rate page for details on payment rates.
9/9/16 update: The chart has been updated with final program participation results. Despite “the winter that wasn’t” (read the winter 2015/2016 operations recap), the winter reliability program remains instrumental in augmenting New England’s fuel security.
In September, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a program for the current and next two winters to address seasonal reliability challenges created by constraints on New England’s interstate natural gas pipeline system. The previous programs for winters 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 proved to be cost-effective short-term solutions to help keep the lights on in New England during very cold winter days.
Proposal selected is nearly identical to last year’s program
On July 15, 2015, ISO New England and the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) filed alternative Winter Reliability Program (WRP) proposals with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to address the region’s well-documented reliability challenges over the next three winters.
Building on the critical role the first and second Winter Reliability programs’ played in ensuring power system reliability through two difficult winters, the proposals for winters 2015/2016, 2016/2017, and 2017/2018 were designed to carry the region through until 2018, when new market-based performance incentives will go into effect that are expected to address the region’s reliability concerns.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and representatives from the electric industry met to discuss regional energy challenges at the 2015 Regional System Plan Public Meeting at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on September 10, 2015. ISO New England holds the meeting annually to review the draft Regional System Plan, a comprehensive report on the status of the region’s power grid and trends for the next 10 years.
Energy market offer flexibility project explained: Q&A with Vamsi Chadalavada, ISO-NE’s executive VP and COO
On December 3, 2014, ISO New England completed major enhancements to the region’s wholesale energy market that will allow for more accurate price signals in the market and improve power grid reliability. View the press release, and continue reading to learn from Vamsi Chadalavada, ISO New England’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, about the Energy Market Offer Flexibility project, the reasons for undertaking such a massive project, and the benefits to the region’s wholesale electricity markets and to power system reliability.