Entries in summer (12)

Tuesday
Jul172018

Heat wave recap: Reliable operations through holiday heat & humidity

Power system operates smoothly during the June 29-July 5 heat wave

Fireworks weren’t the only things ablaze during the Independence Day holiday week–temperatures surged throughout New England as well, causing high demand for air conditioning and, consequently, the electricity that powers it.

Despite the unusually hot, humid conditions during the June 29 – July 5 heat wave, the timing of the holiday, coastal breezes, and abundant solar power kept electricity demand in check. With a peak of around 24,000 MW, ISO New England’s system operators were able to rely on a high-performing fleet of resources to keep the grid running smoothly and reliably throughout the heat wave.

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Friday
May252018

Beating the heat: how ISO-NE prepares for the dog days of summer

Once the region rounds the bend on winter, ISO New England begins preparing to operate the region’s power grid during the hot, humid summer months. The days of highest electricity use occur during the summer in New England when warmer weather leads to increased use of energy-intensive air conditioning, creating complex challenges for the grid operator. With a toolbox of procedures, processes, and expertise in place to ensure reliability of the bulk power grid, the ISO is capable of dealing with the wide variety of situations that can arise when demand for power is peaking.

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Tuesday
May012018

Summer 2018 outlook: adequate electricity supplies expected

Under normal weather conditions, New England is expected to have sufficient resources to meet peak consumer demand for electricity this summer, according to ISO New England. Tight supply margins could develop if forecasted peak system conditions associated with extreme hot and humid weather occur. If this happens, ISO New England will take steps to manage New England’s electricity supply and demand and maintain power system reliability. View the press release.

Wednesday
Dec272017

Summer 2017 markets report reviews wholesale market outcomes during June, July, and August 2017

The Summer 2017 Quarterly Markets Report prepared by the Internal Market Monitor (IMM) of ISO New England reviews wholesale energy market outcomes for the three-month period from June 1 through August 31, 2017.

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Monday
Oct092017

Summer 2017 recap: Cool temperatures bring lower demand, prices 

Power system operates well during summer months, partial solar eclipse

Cooler than usual temperatures during July and August led to less demand for energy-intensive air conditioning, lowering overall consumer demand for electricity during Summer 2017. The cooler temperatures and lower consumer demand led to a relatively uneventful summer, and the ISO New England control room operators were able to reliably operate the power system throughout the season, including when a partial solar eclipse reduced output from solar power resources on August 21.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Summer 2017 outlook: sufficient electricity supplies expected

New England is expected to have the resources needed to meet consumer demand for electricity this summer, though tight supply margins could develop if forecasted peak system conditions occur. If this happens, ISO New England will take steps to manage New England’s electricity supply and demand in real time and maintain power system reliability. Under normal weather conditions of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (F), electricity resources should be sufficient to meet consumer demand this summer, with a forecasted peak of 26,482 MW megawatts (MW). Extreme weather of 94°F could push up electricity demand to 28,865 MW. View the press release.