Entries in system operations (39)

Thursday
Mar162017

ISO-NE successfully tests backup control center

On March 7, 2017, ISO New England completed a successful test of the backup control center (BCC) in Connecticut, a fully-redundant control room maintained in the event that the main control center (MCC) in Massachusetts is rendered inoperable.

At least once a year, ISO New England tests several aspects of system operations at the BCC to ensure that operations can be performed seamlessly should an emergency affect the MCC. During the four-hour exercise, the region’s bulk power grid was managed from the BCC, while the MCC remained fully staffed in the event that any issues occurred. These tests, run in accordance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, exercise the functionality of the people, the processes, and the technology that serve control room operations.  

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Wednesday
Feb222017

ISO-NE launches 2017 Regional Electricity Outlook 

Annual report describes transformation of New England’s power system

ISO New England has published its 2017 Regional Electricity Outlook, an annual report looking at the challenges and trends impacting New England’s power system, as well as the innovative solutions the ISO and regional stakeholders are pursuing to ensure reliable electricity for the region’s homes and businesses—today and into the future. The report and companion webpages look back on the changes in New England’s electricity industry over the past two decades, while exploring the changes currently underway in the region.

A full version of the 2017 Regional Electricity Outlook is available for download.

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Wednesday
Feb012017

How a Patriots Super Bowl affects the region’s power grid

The New England Patriots are back in the Super Bowl, set to take on the Atlanta Falcons Sunday night in Texas. Millions of football fans across the region will be watching, and so will ISO New England system operators—not to cheer on the home-town favorite, but to ensure the region’s power grid reliability. Even when the game is thousands of miles away, the Super Bowl can have a big impact on regional electricity demand—before, during, and after the game. Like players celebrating in the end zone after a touchdown, demand spikes and dips throughout the game. Grid operators must closely monitor the fluctuations and be ready to respond quickly. Electricity supply must be kept in precise balance with consumer demand at all times—and failure to do so could result in grid instability.

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Monday
Dec052016

2016/2017 winter outlook: sufficient electricity supplies expected

Natural gas pipeline constraints remain a concern, Winter Reliability Program implemented

Electricity supplies should be sufficient to meet New England’s consumer demand for electricity this winter, but possible natural gas pipeline constraints could limit electricity production from natural gas power plants. A Winter Reliability Program has been implemented to incentivize gas and oil-fired power plants to procure sufficient fuel before winter begins. View the press release.

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Wednesday
Nov232016

As ovens heat up on Thanksgiving Day, so does electricity demand

For many around New England, the ritual is the same: Wake up early on Thanksgiving morning and start prepping dinner, firing up ovens for turkeys, stuffing and pies. The holiday brings a lot more activity than a typical fall Thursday morning and also changes the way ISO New England plans for the region’s energy use that day.

On most fall days, electric demand peaks in the early evening, as people around the region return home and begin household chores like laundry and cooking dinner. But on Thanksgiving, ISO New England’s system operators have seen consumer demand for electricity peak much earlier – often around noon – making it the only day of the year where electricity demand peaks this early.

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Wednesday
Oct192016

Summer 2016 recap: Uneventful, until August

Summer 2016 was fairly uneventful until August arrived with its long stretches of hot, humid weather that pushed up demand for air conditioning and the electricity that powers it. Despite a high number of unexpected resource outages on one August day, ISO New England’s control room operators were able to operate the power system reliably that day and throughout the summer.

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