ISO New England’s 2015 Regional System Plan—a comprehensive report outlining the region’s progress to date in upgrading the power system to help ensure reliability and forecasts future needs and how they may be addressed—is available now on the ISO’s website. The fifteenth Regional System Plan issued by the ISO is the product of a year-long, collaborative process with industry representatives and other stakeholders to analyze power system needs and solutions for the 10-year planning period through 2024. The report also summarizes power system infrastructure development to date and underway, strategic issues facing the region, and ISO New England and regional initiatives.
Entries in transmission planning (24)
In the 2005 Energy Policy Act, Congress directed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study the status and needs of the nation’s electric transmission infrastructure every three years. DOE published studies in 2006, 2009, and most recently September 2015. The latest National Electric Transmission Congestion Study, which began in 2012, found low levels of transmission congestion in the Northeast attributable to generation and transmission additions made in recent years, particularly in New England and PJM. Lower demand for electricity following the most recent economic downturn, as well as investments in energy efficiency and demand response also contributed to the reduction in congestion.
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.
634 projects put into service since 2002 to fortify New England’s transmission system
The ISO recently published the June 2015 update to the Regional System Plan (RSP) Project List, which details Pool Transmission Facility (PTF) projects needed to ensure reliability in New England. The report lists 13 new projects and 25 projects placed into service since the March 2015 update, including 13 completed for the Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP).
609 projects put into service since 2002 to fortify New England’s transmission system
The ISO recently published the March 2015 update to the Regional System Plan (RSP) Project List, which details Pool Transmission Facility (PTF) projects needed to ensure reliability in New England. The report listed 34 projects placed into service from October 2014 to March 2015, including nine for the Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP).
New mechanisms for ETUs now in effect
On April 14, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted proposed changes to rules related to Elective Transmission Upgrades (ETUs)—merchant-funded transmission interconnections in New England.