Entries in system operations (39)

Wednesday
Jun222016

New energy-storage options emerging in New England; ISO-NE publishes primer and makes FERC filing on market participation

June 22 update: Information added on ISO-NE’s May FERC filing. Proposed project megawatts (MW) were also updated to reflect the withdrawal of 50 MW of battery storage to have been included as part of a proposed new natural-gas-fired generator.

For the first time, grid-scale (or utility-scale) battery storage projects are seeking to join New England’s regional power system. Late last year, three projects with a combined 94 megawatts (MW) in nameplate capacity applied for interconnection in Maine, with one planning to go live by the end of 2016 and the other two in 2019.*

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Wednesday
Jun012016

ISO-NE incorporates wind-powered resources into real-time dispatch with Do Not Exceed Dispatch Project

The change helps improve price formation in the markets and marks an important milestone in ISO New England’s efforts to efficiently integrate renewable resources

On May 25, the region’s wind-powered resources and intermittent hydro resources began taking electronic dispatch instructions from ISO New England for the first time and became eligible to set real-time prices in the wholesale electricity marketplace. These changes were effected by the Do Not Exceed (DNE) Dispatch Project in which the ISO worked with stakeholders to implement a modified electronic dispatch method for these intermittent resources. The new system is expected to improve price formation in the marketplace and system use of low-cost renewable resources in areas with limited transmission capacity by:

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Tuesday
Apr262016

2016 summer outlook: sufficient electricity supplies expected

Some natural gas generators may need to get their fuel from other sources during pipeline construction

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 26,704 MW megawatts (MW). Extreme weather of 94°F could push up electricity demand to 29,042 MW. Construction work on the region’s natural gas pipeline infrastructure will require some power plants to obtain fuel from different sources. View the press release.

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Thursday
Apr212016

Winter 2015/2016 recap: New England power system performed well and prices remained low

Compared to winters past, the winter of 2015-2016 featured above-average temperatures and a brief cold snap in February. Many in the region have called it the “the winter that wasn’t.”

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this winter was the warmest on record in the US. The average temperature in the lower 48 states was 36.8°F, which is 4.6°F above the 20th-century average. That beats the previous record of 36.5 degrees set in the winter of 1999-2000.

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Tuesday
Mar222016

ISO-NE launches new “cradle to grave” repository of power system equipment dynamics data

The new system improves the reliability and cost-effectiveness of system operations, the accuracy of power system planning, and the customer experience

On March 1, ISO New England released a new Dynamics Data Management System (DDMS) that provides owners of certain power grid equipment, such as generators, dynamic reactive power devices, HVDC facilities, and special protection systems, with an easier, more efficient way to upload and update the dynamics data they are required to submit.

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Tuesday
Jan122016

Tour the ISO-NE Control Room in "Running the Electric Power Grid"

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the nerve center controlling the region’s high-voltage power system in a new booklet from ISO New England. Running the Electric Power Grid provides an overview of system operations, highlights the sophisticated technology being used in the ISO control room, and features photos of actual ISO system operators at work performing the complex, critical tasks necessary to keep power flowing to New England’s homes and businesses every minute of every day. For hard copies, send an email to info@iso-ne.com.