ISO New England restates it projects sufficient summer electricity supplies

HOLYOKE, Mass., May 17, 2001 — ISO New England Inc., the operator of the region's bulk electric power grid, today reiterated that there should be a sufficient supply of electricity to meet New England's energy needs this summer.

A report released Tuesday by North American Electric Reliability Council did not take into account power provided by a firm agreement with Hydro-Quebec in Canada. At least 1,500 megawatts of electricity is typically available from Hydro-Quebec.

Last month, ISO New England released its Summer 2001 forecast concluding that despite projected record-setting demand, New England should not face rolling blackouts. ISO New England warned that extremely hot days or an extended heat wave could require the implementation of conservation measures.

"ISO New England is forecasting an adequate supply of electricity for the New England region this summer," Stephen G. Whitley, ISO New England's Vice President of System Operations, said. "New England does not face the supply problems that are at the root of the crisis in California. Because of the addition of several new power plants throughout the New England region over the past two years, the growth in supply is outpacing the growth in demand."

There may be a few days this summer - during periods of very hot and humid weather - when customers could be asked to enact temporary energy conservation measures during peak demand hours to reduce demand on the region's electrical supply system. Peak demand usually occurs during weekday afternoons in the midst of a heat wave when air-conditioning usage is at its highest.

With 1,000 MW of new electric generation added since June 2000, and another 1,600 MW expected to be on-line this summer, New England projects a reserve margin of almost 19%, which is higher than most other areas of the country. The grid is operated with a built-in operating reserve margin to assure that adequate resources are available to cover unexpected power plant or transmission system outages.

Formed in 1997, ISO New England is a not-for-profit, private corporation that operates the region's bulk power grid - more than 330 generators connected by 8,000 miles of high voltage transmission lines. Based in Holyoke, ISO New England also administers the wholesale electricity marketplace for the region.

Sponsored by FLSmidth

Related Articles

The Blockbuster Conundrum

Remember Blockbuster Video? Not too many years ago, Blockbuster was a business titan.

Gaelectric pursues FERC complaint over 460-MW wind project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 29 will publish in the Federal Register a notice seeking comment on a complaint filed April 21 against NorthWestern Corp. by the developer of a 460-MW wind farm project in Montana.

Follow Power Engineering on Twitter
Latest News
China US nuclear deal passes congressional review

US-China nuclear agreement passes congressional review

An agreement allowing American involvement in China's civilian atomic industry is set to be r...
NRC special inspection at Honeywell uranium hexafluoride leak

NRC begins special inspection at uranium enrichment facility

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) launched a special inspection at a uranium conve...
House GOP says they have votes against Iran nuclear deal

House GOP says it has the votes to disapprove of Iran deal

House Republicans said Monday that they have the GOP votes to disapprove of the Iran nuclear ...
Winners and losers in Clean Power Plan Associated Press

Who wins and loses under Obama's stricter power plant limits

President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants t...
Olkiluoto 3 construction delay claims increased

Companies update claims over Finnish nuclear project delays

The Areva-Siemens consortium and Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Ovj (TVO) have both incre...
DOE opens funding for advanced nuclear reactor R&D

DOE opens funding for advanced nuclear R&D

The U.S. Energy Department (DOE) released a funding opportunity for research, development and...
Rosatom to build nuclear power plants in Vietnam

Rosatom plans construction of nuclear power units in Vietnam

Russia state-owned Rosatom signed a general framework agreement with Electricity of Vietnam (...
Regulators approve modified plans for Carlsband Energy Center

Regulators approve modified natural gas-fired power plant plan

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved amendments for construction of a planned natu...

Power Engineering Current Issue

01/01/2015
Volume 119, Issue 1
1501pe-cover-lg
Products Showcase
Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

Buyers Guide Categories

Buyers Guide Product Listings

Transmission Services

Blattner Energy is a diversified electrical gen...

Sargent & Lundy Engineering & Design Services

Our experience and capabilities for power deliv...
Power Industry Wire News

SCI Engineered Materials, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results

SCI Engineered Materials, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results

National Grid US Applauds EPA's Clean Power Plan

National Grid US Applauds EPA's Clean Power Plan

Statement by California ISO President and CEO Steve Berberich

Statement by California ISO President and CEO Steve Berberich

Lubricants Market to Reach $68.54 Billion by 2022: Grand View Research, Inc.

Lubricants Market to Reach $68.54 Billion by 2022: Grand View Research, Inc.

TX Holdings Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

TX Holdings Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>