Entries in winter (17)


2016/2017 winter outlook: sufficient electricity supplies expected

Natural gas pipeline constraints remain a concern, Winter Reliability Program implemented

Electricity supplies should be sufficient to meet New England’s consumer demand for electricity this winter, but possible natural gas pipeline constraints could limit electricity production from natural gas power plants. A Winter Reliability Program has been implemented to incentivize gas and oil-fired power plants to procure sufficient fuel before winter begins. View the press release.

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Winter 2015/2016 recap: New England power system performed well and prices remained low

Compared to winters past, the winter of 2015-2016 featured above-average temperatures and a brief cold snap in February. Many in the region have called it the “the winter that wasn’t.”

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this winter was the warmest on record in the US. The average temperature in the lower 48 states was 36.8°F, which is 4.6°F above the 20th-century average. That beats the previous record of 36.5 degrees set in the winter of 1999-2000.

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Eastern Interconnection planning authorities analyzed interregional impacts and transfer capabilities for 2025 summer and winter peak hours

ISO New England and other electric power system planning authorities are members of a collaborative that plans and conducts studies for the entire Eastern Interconnection. The Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC) studies are used to support state, provincial, regional, and federal policy decision making. EIPC has recently published its latest analysis, the Report for 2025 Summer and Winter Roll-Up Integration Cases

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Update on the 2015/2016 Winter Reliability Program

9/9/16 update: The chart has been updated with final program participation results. Despite “the winter that wasn’t” (read the winter 2015/2016 operations recap), the winter reliability program remains instrumental in augmenting New England’s fuel security.

In September, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a program for the current and next two winters to address seasonal reliability challenges created by constraints on New England’s interstate natural gas pipeline system. The previous programs for winters 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 proved to be cost-effective short-term solutions to help keep the lights on in New England during very cold winter days.

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FERC approves reliability program for winters 2015/2016, 2016/2017, and 2017/2018

Proposal selected is nearly identical to last year’s program

On July 15, 2015, ISO New England and the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) filed alternative Winter Reliability Program (WRP) proposals with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to address the region’s well-documented reliability challenges over the next three winters.

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New England power system performed well through winter 2014/2015

Now that the winter of 2014/2015 is one for the history books, this much we know is certain: no two New England winters are alike. A confluence of regional and global factors, advance planning and preparations, and delayed cold weather during winter 2014/2015 helped alleviate the operational issues and record-high prices seen during the previous winter.

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