DOE Confirms Threat to Grid Reliability

…DOE Confirms Threat to Grid Reliability… Several previous articles explored whether grid reliability was being endangered when RTO/ISOs used auctions to select which generation source to use. The initial article described how oil saved New England from blackouts this past Continue reading DOE Confirms Threat to Grid Reliability

Who’s Responsible for Keeping the Lights On?

…Who’s Responsible for Keeping the Lights On?… Who is responsible for keeping the lights on? Is it the state, e.g., Massachusetts, or is it an RTO/ISO? Or is it the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)? And what about the utility Continue reading Who’s Responsible for Keeping the Lights On?

New England Solar Madness

…New England Solar Madness… A previous article praised the ISO-NE for pre-planning the use of oil to save the grid from blackouts during this January’s freeze. Data from ISO-NE can also demonstrate the madness of trying to rely on solar Continue reading New England Solar Madness

Oil Saves New England

…Oil Saves New England… During the coldest days this past January, the New England grid was on the brink of disaster, and only pre-planning by ISO-NE, with emergency actions by the Coast Guard and luck kept the lights on. The Continue reading Oil Saves New England