“In the next decade or so, New England’s power grid is on course to becoming a hybrid grid where up to 20% of the power system’s resources are made up of smaller power resources connected directly to retail customers or to local distribution utilities—and not the transmission system.”

That’s one of the conclusions from ISO-New England, the folks who run the six-state electric power grid, in its 2016 Regional Energy Outlook.  It includes lots of interesting tidbits about the fast-changing industry of providing electrons, such as:

  • “Overall regional air emissions are down significantly. Between 1999 and 2014, nitrogen oxides fell by 66%, sulfur dioxide by 94%, and carbon dioxide by 26%.”
  • “The weather-dependent output from wind and solar resources and the increase in DG adds complexity to how the ISO must operate the power system to maintain reliability.”
  • “A third of the approximately 13,000 megawatts (MW) of proposed generation projects are wind resources. Delivering that wind power from remote locations to consumers in load centers will require major transmission system upgrades and additions” (and we know how much people like big power lines being built nearby). This is reflected in illustration with this post.

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