1. Energy Storage & Microgrids as Part of ISO New England's Puzzle

    Energy Storage & Microgrids as Part of ISO New England's Puzzle

    The New England Independent System Operator says in its 2019 Regional Electricity Outlook that its challenges are to integrate greater levels of renewables onto the grid while also maintaining a robust transmission system and energy security. Some of the issues to overcome are bringing battery storage to market while dealing with stricter air emissions rules that can limit the use of conventional infrastructure. In the past, New England has benefited from two pumped-hydro facilities that have supplied nearly 2,000 MW of capacity within 10 minutes. But today the region has 20 MW of grid-scale battery storage, and it has another 1,300 MW on the table, which could come on line by 2022.

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    1. ISO New England continues to remove barriers and expand market access for new energy-storage technologies.
    2. Operational coordination between the wholesale market and retail level distributed resources and microgrids is complex, and it will remain important for all resources that provide wholesale grid reliability services to have the same obligations and performance incentives.
    3. We have leveled the playing field for wind, solar, and advanced storage devices by adapting market rules and updating operating procedures. We've implemented measures to protect and enhance price formation during scarcity and surplus conditions. And we've also strengthened financial consequences for resources that do not perform as committed.
    4. This investment has also enabled the interconnection of power plants with lower emissions, as well as the more efficient flow of low-cost power across the region.
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