Entries in wholesale markets (26)

Wednesday
Jan302019

ISO-NE CEO appears on "A CEO's Virtual Mentor" podcast

Gordon van Welie, ISO New England’s president and CEO, recently joined Tom Linquist, host of Leadership Lyceum’s A CEO’s Virtual Mentor podcast, to discuss the ISO’s role in New England’s evolving power system. During the 35-minute conversation, van Welie and Linquist discussed the origin of ISO New England and the changes in the industry over the past two decades. Throughout the show, van Welie talked about the region’s changing resource mix and how ISO staff work to integrate new resources. The podcast is available on the Leadership Lyceum website, as well as Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify.

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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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).

Monday
Jan082018

ISO-NE files proposal to harmonize competitive markets and state-sponsored resources 

ISO New England today filed proposed tariff changes with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) designed to help accommodate the entry of state-sponsored renewable resources into the Forward Capacity Market (FCM) over time, while protecting the competitive pricing mechanisms that enable the market to work as designed. The ISO’s proposal, Competitive Auctions with Sponsored Policy Resources (CASPR), was developed following the New England Power Pool’s (NEPOOL) Integrating Markets and Public Policy (IMAPP) process, a stakeholder forum aimed at identifying and discussing potential wholesale market design changes that would enable competitive markets to better accommodate state public policy objectives in New England.

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Friday
Jul282017

ISO-NE CEO emphasizes importance of market changes, fuel security in appearance before Congress

On July 26, Gordon van Welie, President & CEO of ISO New England, testified on Capitol Hill on the ISO’s efforts to further electric reliability and prepare wholesale electricity markets for an expected influx of renewable energy resources driven by state public policy initiatives. At the hearing, the US House Committee on Energy & Commerce’s Energy Subcommittee heard from representatives from all seven U.S. Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations on the benefits of wholesale markets as well initiatives undertaken by individual ISO/RTOs to meet regionally-specific challenges.

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Wednesday
May032017

ISO-NE Chief Economist participates in FERC technical conference on markets and state policies

On May 1 and 2, ISO New England Chief Economist Dr. Matthew White participated in a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) technical conference to “explore how the competitive wholesale markets can select resources of interest to state policy makers while preserving the benefits of regional markets and economic resource selection.” Dr. White joined two panels comprised of representatives from neighboring grid operators, the New England states, and other regional stakeholders.

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