Electricity grid operator expecting more demand and renewables in New England

How about taking a look at Germany before throwing one more cent of good money after bad? Any candidate for office enabling this march of lemmings to the cliff needs to be questioned. It's not like we haven't been warned of the coming costs. Lessons abound.

Credit:  By Mara Hoplamazian | New Hampshire Public Radio | July 6, 2022 | www.nhpr.org ~~

New England’s electricity grid is in for major changes, according to a yearly report from ISO New England, the organization that manages the region’s grid.

The report says decarbonization will become the way of life in New England, with heating and transportation becoming electrified through technology like heat pumps and electric vehicles. That will increase regional demand for electricity.

At the same time, the grid, which now predominantly runs on natural gas, will shift towards renewable energy.

All New England states, except New Hampshire, have set aggressive targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing renewables.

ISO New England’s interconnection queue – the lineup of new proposed resources for electricity generation – is a relatively good snapshot of what the future could look like, the organization said. As of March, two-thirds of that proposed lineup is wind power, with battery storage and solar accounting for much of the rest. Natural gas only accounts for 3% of the queue.

The grid operator expects renewables to become the new “baseline resource” for the grid, but did not give a timeline for that transition. Not all of the projects in the interconnection queue will be built, and the mix can change daily. ISO-NE says, historically, almost 70% of proposed resources have not come to fruition.

The report says transitioning the grid to more renewable energy will depend on updates to our transmission system – the poles, wires, substations and cables that help get electricity where it needs to go.

ISO New England develops and oversees markets for wholesale electricity – where companies buy and sell power that eventually comes to consumers. The way those markets function could have a big impact on the energy transition. Right now, large-scale renewable projects are mostly funded by utility ratepayers through state-sponsored contracts, the report says.

But designing the markets differently could shift the risk to renewable developers, instead of residents paying electricity bills. In a February study, the grid operator examined market design options like awarding certificates for clean energy, or putting a price on carbon emissions, but did not determine an approach.



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Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 11, 2022 at 11:01pm

The revolt against green tyranny has toppled its first government, as farmers’ protests spread across Europe

Comment by Dan McKay on July 11, 2022 at 5:49pm
Comment by Dan McKay on July 11, 2022 at 5:42pm
Comment by Dan McKay on July 11, 2022 at 5:19pm

At the current wholesale prices in the ISO-NE market, renewables are not risking much, the electricity users are. Further State sponsored contracts should be put on hold until the chaos in the market subsides, could be several years with democrats in charge.

Comment by Frank Haggerty on July 11, 2022 at 12:27pm
New England states are putting the cart before the horse with renewable energy.
In Massachusetts offshore wind is going to attempt to bring 3500 megawatts on shore through Cape Cod by 2030. 
The grid is antiquated from Cape Cod to Boston and not much better around New England 
 ISO-New England is lucky to keep the lights on today never mind 2030 or 2035
The federal government needs to step up to the plate and resolve the old grid problems before throwing thousands of megawatts onto an old aging grid.
Electric ratepayers should not pay for grid upgrades brought on by offshore wind turbine contractors 


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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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