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RTO Insider: NEPOOL Reviews 'Future Grid' Study Requests

Posted by Rich Heidorn Jr. | RTO Insider on Aug 6, 2020

RTO Insider presented a comprehensive summary of the Aug. 4 ISO-NE Future Grid Study stakeholder meeting noting AEE's recommendations. Read excerpts below and the entire RTO Insider piece here (sub. req.). 

The New England States Committee on Electricity suggested ISO-NE build on the Pathway Scenario developed by the Northeastern States for Coordinated Air Use Management for achieving economy-wide carbon reductions. ISO-NE CEO Gordon van Welie announced the initiative in March, saying it will give stakeholders information needed to plan transmission and market designs to achieve decarbonization goals. Representatives of each stakeholder group gave brief descriptions of their proposals and answered questions during a joint meeting of the NEPOOL Markets and Reliability committees...

NEPOOL members are trying to cull and combine nine proposals for the Transition to the Future Grid study that ISO-NE has agreed to perform. ISO-NE CEO Gordon van Welie announced the initiative in March, saying it will give stakeholders information needed to plan transmission and market designs to achieve decarbonization goals. Representatives of each stakeholder group gave brief descriptions of their proposals and answered questions during a joint meeting of the NEPOOL Markets and Reliability committees Aug. 4...

Day Pitney attorney Eric Runge presented a summary of the nine other proposals... Multi-sector Group A (Acadia Center, Advanced Energy Economy, Brookfield Renewables, Conservation Law Foundation, Energy New England, Natural Resource Defense Council and PowerOptions) asked for an update and extension of the Planning Advisory Committee’s 2016 economic study on regulation, ramping and reserves to assess the impact of ramping, regulation and load-following resources as the system decarbonizes.

Multi-sector Group B (Advanced Energy Economy, Borrego Solar, Conservation Law Foundation, Energy New England, ENGIE, Natural Resources Defense Council and PowerOptions) seeks a long-term transmission system assessment to identify new transmission investments that could eliminate obstacles to reaching net zero-carbon and that are more economical than upgrades for near-term transmission needs. They also would like an analysis of whether distribution system generation, mobile and stationary storage, increased energy efficiency or flexible demand could reduce the need for new transmission...

The study also concluded that a planned approach would make better use of limited onshore points of interconnection, reduce seabed disturbances, increase competition for transmission and generation and reduce transmission upgrade costs....
 

Read the entire RTO Insider piece here (sub. req.). 

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