Entries in wholesale markets (30)

Monday
Dec242018

Download the latest edition of ISO-NE’s Wholesale Markets Project Plan

The December release of 2018 Wholesale Markets Project Plan (WMPP) is now available on the ISO’s website. The WMPP describes the current status of market initiatives (including the progress of market projects cited in the Annual Work Plan) and is updated biannually in the summer and winter. Stakeholders can stay up-to-date on market projects by following them from introduction to implementation within the WMPP webpage, which consolidates access to the Annual Work Plan, WMPP, Markets Committee Two-Month Look-Ahead Forecast, Markets Committee meeting agendas and materials, Key Projects and a listing of Closed Market Design Projects. Quick links to FERC Filings and Orders and our Customer Readiness page are also available to further inform and support NEPOOL’s Principal Committees.

Thursday
Oct252018

Get ready to fall back to Eastern Standard Time  

New England will return to Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Sunday, November 4, when at 2:00 a.m., clocks must be set back one hour to 1:00 a.m. Each of the ISO's market applications is unique and will function differently during this transition. Here are the things market participants need to know to prepare.

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Monday
Oct012018

2019 Annual Work Plan outlines major ISO-NE priorities and activities for coming year

ISO New England’s 2019 Annual Work Plan is now online. The work plan, published each September and updated each March, outlines major priorities and activities for the year that are designed to improve upon existing ISO systems, practices, and services to New England. Detailed within are expected timelines and objectives related to planning/operations, markets, and capital projects. The ISO seeks stakeholder input on its work plan by sharing and discussing it with the Participants Committee. Ultimately, the work plan helps inform the ISO’s annual budget. For updates on markets projects, see the Wholesale Markets Project Plan page.

Monday
Mar122018

FERC issues order accepting CASPR revisions to Forward Capacity Market

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order on March 9, 2018, accepting ISO New England’s CASPR proposal in its entirety and rejecting all of the arguments raised in protests. The Commission notes that out-of-market state revenues can result in building more capacity than a region needs, overpayment by consumers for capacity, inefficiently low capacity market prices and the erosion of investor confidence. The Commission concludes that the CASPR proposal, along with the New England region’s minimum offer price rules (MOPR), appropriately addresses the issues associated with out-of-market state revenues while ensuring that the overall capacity market can continue to attract and maintain appropriate levels of new resource investment.

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Wednesday
Feb282018

Annual media briefing focuses on state of region’s electric grid in 2018

As part of the ISO on Background series, ISO New England President and CEO Gordon van Welie provided reporters with an update on the state of New England’s power system during a media briefing on February 27, 2018. The briefing included an assessment of the regional power grid in 2018, as well as an overview of the current challenges. van Welie reported that New England’s power grid continues to operate reliably and the wholesale markets continue to provide competitive prices. However, the region’s growing fuel security risk, highlighted by a recent stretch of cold weather, is making reliable operations more tenuous. Competitive pricing in the wholesale markets is challenged by public policy initiatives to procure clean energy at above-market prices. View van Welie’s presentation and remarks from the event. Watch the briefing, or view van Welie’s presentation and remarks from the event.

ISO on Background is a series of periodic briefings designed to provide members of the media with an informal opportunity to learn more about the trends affecting New England’s electricity industry and ISO New England’s role in the region’s power system.

Tuesday
Jan302018

The benefits of competitive markets: Boston Business Journal publishes opinion piece by ISO-NE CEO

An opinion piece by Gordon van Welie, president and CEO of ISO New England, appeared in January in the Boston Business Journal. “Viewpoint: Competitive electricity markets have transformed New England’s power grid” outlines the transformation of the regional power grid that has been accomplished by 20 years of competitive wholesale electricity markets. The op-ed notes that competition sends economic signals that encourage investment in power plants, transmission, and new technologies, and the markets have shifted investment risks from ratepayers to investors. “The result has been wholesale power prices that accurately reflect the cost of producing power, and a more reliable, cleaner power grid.” (A subscription to the journal may be required to access the article).