Entries in winter (14)

Wednesday
Dec042013

SPI News: Update on New England natural gas system study

Two whitepapers recently published as part of Phase Two of the study

Since identifying the region’s reliance on natural gas for electricity production as a key strategic risk for New England in 2010, a number of studies on the capability of the region’s natural gas system to serve increasing demand have been conducted and are continuing to help the ISO and the electric industry better understand this challenge and its effect on power system reliability.

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Wednesday
Mar272013

New England grid operated reliably through 2012/2013 winter despite resource performance challenges 

Two weather-driven events exemplified concerns identified through the Strategic Planning Initiative

Although this winter didn’t prove to be the coldest or stormiest on record, New England endured a one-two punch with a stretch of frigid temperatures in January and then Winter Storm Nemo in February that caused generator, transmission, and distribution system outages. While the ISO was able to maintain reliability throughout these weather events, operators faced significant challenges managing the system with generating resources that were at risk of not being able to produce electricity when and as needed.  

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