Entries in system operations (51)

Monday
Mar192018

Staying a Step Ahead: A look inside ISO-NE and the region’s changing power system

Have you ever wondered what it’s like in ISO New England’s control room? Or how the ISO fits into the region’s energy landscape? Staying a Step Ahead, released March 19, takes you inside the ISO, showcasing how the grid operator keeps the lights on across New England – today and in the future. Shot at the ISO offices and throughout New England, the video looks at the transformation occurring in New England, as the region transitions from a grid powered by oil and coal plants to one more reliant on renewable energy.

Learn more about the ISO’s three critical roles, and read about New England’s power system in the 2018 Regional Electricity Outlook.

Wednesday
Feb142018

ISO-NE publishes 2018 Regional Electricity Outlook 

ISO New England has published its 2018 Regional Electricity Outlook (REO), an annual report looking at the trends and challenges affecting New England’s power system, as well as the innovative solutions the ISO is pursuing to ensure reliable electricity for the region’s homes and businesses—today and into the future. The report describes changes to the region’s electric grid over the past two decades, and how the ISO is working to keep New England on the cutting edge as the region’s electricity industry rapidly evolves towards a future of renewable and natural gas resources.

The 2018 REO, as well as webpages that highlight and expand on information and statistics in the report, are available at www.iso-ne.com/reo.

Thursday
Feb012018

Powering to the finish: The ups and downs of electricity demand during a Patriots Super Bowl 

What happens when the New England Patriots stage a dramatic Super Bowl comeback, erasing a 28-3 deficit and forcing overtime? Residents across the region keep their televisions on, eager to catch a glimpse of the Patriot’s latest historic victory.

During the Patriots’ fifth Super Bowl win last year, ISO New England system operators saw demand on the region’s electric grid—which had been gradually declining through the night—suddenly level off and even inch back up as the game moved into overtime. At times, demand increased by as much as 50 megawatts during overtime.

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Thursday
Nov302017

2017/2018 winter outlook: sufficient electricity supplies expected

Natural gas pipeline constraints remain a concern; final 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. The ISO’s fifth and final Winter Reliability Program has been implemented to incentivize power plants to procure sufficient fuel before winter begins. The interim reliability program is ending after this winter due to new capacity market performance incentive rules that go into effect June 1, 2018. View the press release for more information and download our winter outlook fact sheet.

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Friday
Nov172017

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.

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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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