Entries in transmission planning (32)

Thursday
Feb042016

Explainer: ISO New England has no role in setting transmission rates

In late December 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiated an inquiry into the transmission rates charged by transmission owners in the ISO New England region. FERC initiated the inquiry, including settlement proceedings, after concluding that the rates set by the transmission owners “appear to be unjust, unreasonable, unduly discriminatory or preferential” and that the ISO New England Open Access Transmission Tariff lacks adequate transparency and challenge procedures regarding the transmission rates.

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Friday
Nov062015

Regional transmission investment: fall 2015 update

643 projects put into service since 2002 to fortify New England’s transmission system

The ISO recently published the October 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 two new projects and 9 projects placed into service since the June 2015 update, including two for the Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP).

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Friday
Nov062015

ISO-NE publishes annual regional system planning document

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.

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Tuesday
Nov032015

DOE releases study of electric transmission infrastructure, congestion

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.

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Tuesday
Sep152015

RSP15 Public Forum featured keynote by Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker 

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.

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Friday
Jul102015

Regional transmission investment: summer 2015 update

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).

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