Entries in wind (15)

Wednesday
Nov012017

ISO-NE, NEPOOL, and PTO AC make joint filing regarding the interconnection clustering methodology 

Update 11/1/2017: FERC has issued its order accepting the interconnection queue clustering revisions. FERC rejected all protests and determined that the clustering revisions increase efficiencies, better inform the decisions of project developers, and allow project developers to share the costs of the upgrades necessary to accommodate their interconnection. By allowing interconnection requests to be studied in a cluster, the clustering revisions should provide a means to relieve the queue backlog in northern and western Maine, which is one of the primary obstacles to interconnections in that region. 

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Friday
Jun092017

Significant price variation on May 18 highlights operational challenges of operating the grid during spring and fall

Real-time prices ranged from a high of $758.88 MWh in the northeastern Massachusetts and Boston pricing zone to a low of -$71.07 MWh price for power from New Brunswick

Thursday, May 18, 2017, was a hot one. If you have an interest in energy, you may have checked the New England locational marginal pricing (LMP) map that day, expecting to see prices rise across the region, responding to the hotter than normal weather. Instead, you saw an unusual, rainbow-like effect on the map, indicating a wide variation in real-time wholesale electricity prices. The real-time price spread was caused by challenging power grid circumstances that can occur mainly during spring and fall (but also any time of year, depending on resource availability): when unseasonable weather drives a spike in demand while major energy infrastructure is offline for maintenance.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

ISO-NE marks Earth Day 2017 with an update on the effects of clean-energy initiatives in New England

This Earth Day (Saturday, April 22)—or any day—you can learn about the role that renewables and other clean-energy resources are playing in the region by visiting ISO New England’s Key Grid and Market Stats and Grid in Transition webpages. Following are some snapshots of where the region stands, with links to learn more.

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Monday
Mar272017

ISO-NE CEO honored with UVIG achievement award

The Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) has recognized ISO New England President and CEO Gordon van Welie with a 2017 Annual Achievement Award for sustained leadership in transmission planning and market design evolution to accommodate the diverse future resource mix in New England.

New England is in the midst of a rapid expansion of power resource types, including wind and solar power, demand resources, and new energy storage options. Visit the ISO New England website to learn more about these emerging technologies and how the ISO is integrating them into the region’s electric grid.

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Thursday
Mar162017

ISO-NE joins with other electricity system operators to examine impact of emerging technologies

A report from an affiliation of independent electric grid operators concludes that the future of the North American power grid depends on effectively adding renewables to the grid, the accuracy and availability of data from “behind-the-meter” resources and coordinating these distributed energy resources at the grid operator level to preserve reliability.

The report, “Emerging Technologies: How ISOs and RTOs can create a more nimble, robust electricity system,” was published March 16, 2017 by the ISO/RTO Council (IRC), an affiliation of nine non-profit independent system operators (ISO) and regional transmission organizations, including ISO New England. Collectively, IRC members serve two-thirds of electricity consumers in the United States and more than half in Canada.

In the report, the IRC defines a number of positions regarding policies, strategic approaches, worthy goals, and critical success factors members feel will either enable or hinder them in the near future.

Learn more by reading the press release, summary document, or full report.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Turbines are spinning at the nation’s first offshore wind facility

ISO-NE continues efforts to help integrate more offshore and onshore wind energy in New England

On December 12, 2016, Deepwater Wind announced that its Block Island Wind Farm had begun delivering electricity to the grid—a historic occasion for both the region and the US. The facility represents the first offshore wind farm in the nation and is paving the way for similar projects to harness New England’s significant offshore wind energy potential. As of December 1, three offshore wind projects representing 2,054 megawatts (MW) were requesting interconnection to the regional power system. Federal and state efforts are helping spur the growth of this new industry. Recent Massachusetts legislation, for example, allows the state to procure approximately 1,600 MW of offshore wind, and several offshore wind projects across the country are receiving grants from the US Department of Energy.

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