The six-state New England power grid is expected to carry enough electricity to meet consumer demand under normal weather conditions this summer, according to a release from ISO New England Inc., the operator of the region’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity market.
According to the company, consumer demand is highest in New England during the summer, largely because of the use of air conditioners. Under normal conditions, the company expects the demand for electricity in the region this summer to peak at 26,690 MW, but that number could rise to 28,985 MW during an extended heat wave.
The total generating capacity of all power plants in New England is about 31,760 MW if all plants were running at maximum output. About 29,580 MW of generation is under capacity supply obligations, according to ISO New England, and generators typically offer the additional MW above capacity obligation into the electric energy market, particularly when demand is peaking.
Last summer, electricity usage in New England peaked at 25,880 MW, and the all-time record for peak demand was set in 2006 when demand reached 28,130 MW, the company stated.
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