ISO NE annual regional system plan a snapshot in time

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ISO New England has released and approved its annual 10-year plan for the region's power grid.

The annual Regional System Plan is developed to meet requirements established by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and the Northeast Power Coordinating Council. Each RSP is a snapshot in time, and the results are revisited as needed based on the latest available information.

"For 12 years, the Regional System Plan has served the region as a record of both power system progress and power system needs," said Gordon van Welie, President and CEO of ISO New England. "This year's report reviews projects that have made New England's power grid more reliable and efficient and identifies future system improvements and initiatives. It's the product of a year's collaboration among the ISO, public officials, state agencies, market participants, consumer advocates, and other policy and industry stakeholders."

Points in the plan include:

  • Additions of more than 14,430 megawatts of new generation since 1997.
  • More than 2,000 MW of demand resources that are currently of New England's resource mix, and more than 3,600 MW that are expected to be available by 2015.
  • New England is increasingly dependent on natural gas as the primary fuel for generating electricity, while the use of oil- and coal-fired generation is declining.

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