On May 29, Gordon van Welie, president and chief executive officer of ISO New England, was a guest on the live New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) talk show, “The Exchange.” During the hour-long program, hosted by Laura Knoy, van Welie discussed challenges facing the New England power grid, including region’s increased dependence on natural gas to produce electricity, the upcoming retirement of power plants, and integrating more renewable energy sources like solar and wind. He also fielded questions from listeners who called in.
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August 14, 2013, marks the ten-year anniversary of one of the most notable dates in the history of power system operations: the 2003 Northeast Blackout. On this day, more than 50 million people in the US and Canada lost power—and it all happened in a matter of seconds.
ISO New England filed proposed tariff changes to comply with the interregional planning and cost allocation requirements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 1000 in early July 2013. With a long-standing interregional planning process among ISO New England, the New York ISO (NYISO) and PJM Interconnection already in place, the ISO believes that it has a strong foundation for compliance with the interregional elements of Order 1000. The three regions have engaged in interregional planning since they were formed in the late 1990s, with a formal planning protocol developed in 2003. On behalf of NYISO and PJM, ISO New England filed the revisions designed to bring the Northeastern ISO/RTO Planning Coordination Protocol into compliance with Order 1000. The ISO’s compliance filing includes tariff revisions to add a formal cost-allocation methodology to replace the informal process used for years by the neighboring regions.
New England has well-established regional planning and cost-allocation processes that have successfully resulted in the construction of $4.8 billion in transmission projects needed for reliability, according to ISO New England’s filing submitted October 25 to comply with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order 1000. While the region is largely in compliance with Order 1000, the filing addresses two new areas: the requirement to add a process for consideration and development of transmission projects driven by public policies, and the requirement to remove incumbent transmission owners’ rights of first refusal to build projects that receive regional cost allocation.
ISO-NE is largely in compliance with FERC’s recent order on transmission planning and cost allocation
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 1000, issued July 21, 2011, provides a roadmap for regional planning and cost allocation for transmission projects in North America. The order addresses several complex issues that are deemed to be essential for open, transparent, and efficient transmission planning, but that have been addressed with varying success in different parts of the country.