ISO-NE: New England Energy Constrained

September 23, 2019

According to ISO-New England’s 10-year assessment of the region, New England’s electric grid is energy constrained. In its draft 2019 Regional Assessment Plan, ISO, which operates New England’s power grid, detailed the constraints facing the region: while the region is becoming cleaner and more efficient—and it has seen coal, nuclear, and oil generation retire—it still […]

Update on El Niño

August 21, 2019

The period of El Niño for this year is officially over as measurements confirm we are in El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) neutral status. Studies indicate that this condition will remain throughout the Northern Hemisphere winter as well. However, this period of El Niño ending for the season and the phenomenon becoming neutral does not […]

44 years after 1977 Blackout, New York City goes dark again

July 14, 2019

Around 7:00 PM Saturday evening New Yorkers in subways, homes, and elevators found themselves in total darkness as the power went out due to a Con Edison equipment failure. The blackout occurred exactly the same day as the 1977 blackout which wiped electricity off the whole city.  More than 73,000 Con Edison customers were affected […]

How Blockchain Will Disrupt The Energy Sector

June 26, 2019

A blockchain is a collection of information/transactions made through contracts or cryptocurrencies, stored in a digital, distributed peer-to-peer network. The technology behind blockchain is based on a distributed computer network which verifies the authenticity of transactions while being immutable, and without having a central authority. Blockchain is characterized by possessing, and providing the following characteristics […]

Eversource wins immense state contract it helped in creating

March 14, 2019

In January of 2018 Eversource won a Massachusetts state contract for the construction of the Northern Pass power line to work in conjunction with Hydro-Quebec to supply New England with a cleaner source of electricity, at a cost of $1.6 billion. For the project Eversource officials themselves helped draft bidding rules and select the winners, […]

DOE Grants up to $31M for H2@Scale Development

March 8, 2019

H2@Scale is the Department of Energy’s newest initiative to incentivize and expand the exploration for hydrogen use for different applications. Among these are fuel cells for vehicles, metal refining, and natural gas production. the U.S. The funds will be destined to tackle the issues which make this process difficult like transport, generation, and storage methods. […]

Quebec-to-MA Hydropower Project Gains Steam

February 22, 2019

Last February, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) denied an essential state permit for Northern Pass Transmission, an Eversource project that would bring hydropower from Canada to Massachusetts. At the time, the denial appeared to call the project into question. But the conversation has shifted from New Hampshire to western Maine and the $950 […]

ISO-NE Forward Capacity Auction shows surplus capacity for 2022 – 2023

The recent ISO – New England forward capacity auction conducted on February 4th corresponding for the period of 2022 – 2023 resulted in a clearing price of $3.80/kW/month, an 18% price reduction from last year’s auction of $4.63/kW/month for 2021 – 2022. This comes as very positive news, quelling the unsettling predictions on shortage of […]

MA Bill to End Competitive Residential Electric Supply

February 1, 2019

On Tuesday, January 22, a bill was filed in Massachusetts to end competitive residential electric supply starting in 2020. Currently, residential (in addition to commercial and industrial) customers can get their electric supply competitively, from third-party competitive suppliers, rather than the utility. But bill HD 1204/SD 880, An Act Relative to Protecting Residential Electric Customers, […]

National Grid Files New Basic Electric Rates

December 19, 2018

This week, National Grid filed proposed basic service electric rates with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for Large Commercial and Industrial customers in Massachusetts. These proposed rates (subject to DPU approval) would be effective starting February 2019 and are shown below in $ per kWh: SEMA: February 2019 – 19.249 March 2019- 16.031         […]