Northern Pass to head to Vermont?.375632013-03-01T13:12:13Z2013-03-01T13:12:13ZPublic Service of New Hampshire is interested in municipally owned land near the town's industrial park, prompting Northern Pass opponents to speculate that the company may be changing direction and planning to bring power lines down the Vermont side of the Connecticut River, crossing into New Hampshire at Littleton.Could wind power cool New England's price fever?.374152013-02-17T02:51:50Z2013-02-17T02:51:50ZIn New England, a Natural Gas Trap.373952013-02-16T13:21:19Z2013-02-16T13:21:19ZThe underlying issue in New England is that gas pipeline capacity is inadequate to keep prices steady in times of high home heating demand, said Vamsi Chadalavada, executive vice president and chief operating officer of ISO New England. ISO is leading a study focused mainly on reliability, but reliability is intertwined with price, he said.Across NEK, North Country: Grid operators put limit on wind power use.372602013-02-02T14:04:08Z2013-02-02T14:04:08ZThe operators of the New England grid are restricting the amount of electricity being accepted from the three operating wind projects in the Northeast Kingdom and the North Country of New Hampshire.
And there's no indication that the restrictions, called curtailments, will end anytime soon.Grid constraints mean less power output from wind projects.372142013-01-30T02:19:55Z2013-01-30T02:19:55ZThe problem is the electricity network gets out of synch if the turbines produce more power than is being used at any one time.
So ISO issues an order to ramp back power. It's called curtailment.
"We are seeing those interconnect issues with other wind projects. As we've seen the Dixville project in New Hampshire was curtailed about 50 percent," Hallquist said. Efficiency cutting New England power use, costs.367492012-12-13T15:10:44Z2012-12-13T15:10:44ZNationally, demand for electricity is leveling off as residential power use falls, experts say, reversing a long upward trend. More efficient lighting and electric devices are partly credited for the change. New homes also are being built to use less electricity and government subsidies ...help older homes use less power. Rourke said the weak economy also has contributed to reduced electricity use.New rules could boost region's renewable power .341652012-01-23T15:31:32Z2012-01-23T15:31:32ZA federal order issued last fall is intended to make it easier to construct transmission lines, costly and controversial projects that are notoriously tough to build.
Union: Wind projects bypass local ironworkers.320142011-05-18T20:59:51Z2011-05-18T20:59:51Z"They made a lot of promises about how this is going to bring local jobs to local people ... We thought they would be fair and equitable to the people of New Hampshire,'' Cleary said.
Vermont utilities agree to buy wind power from New Hampshire.295892010-10-22T19:59:22Z2010-10-22T19:59:22ZBoth companies had previously signed contracts to take power from the Granite Reliable project; in Thursday's announcement, they said would increase those amounts so that CVPS will take 50.3 percent of the 99-megawatt project, while GMP will take 32 percent. ...Wherever the projects have been proposed, local groups have sprung up to oppose them. Two Vermont utilities OK buying wind power.274012010-05-20T15:07:29Z2010-05-20T15:07:29ZSlow to approve its own wind-energy projects, the state of Vermont is reaching out to projects in neighboring states to buy wind energy from them.
The state Public Service Board has approved contracts under which Vermont's two largest utilities would buy power generated by Granite Reliable Wind's 33 wind towers in northern New Hampshire.
2 Vt. utilities agree to buy wind from NH firm.273872010-05-19T18:00:20Z2010-05-19T18:00:20ZVermont utility regulators are giving the go-ahead to a plan by the state's two largest electric utilities to buy wind power produced in northern New Hampshire. ...CVPS plans to buy 30.3 percent of the Granite Reliable's output and GMP will purchase 25 percent of the output for 20 years.Neighbors neutral on wind farm.218162009-06-29T15:10:34Z2009-06-29T15:10:34ZBus trip to NH wind farm.217292009-06-24T02:07:10Z2009-06-24T02:07:10ZOfficials from Vermont Community Wind have organized a bus trip to a wind farm in New Hampshire to try and build support for a large scale wind farm they're proposing in and around the Rutland County town of Ira.
Company officials say about 35 residents from the area will travel to Lempster, New Hampshire, on Saturday where a 24-megawatt wind farm has recently been built.
Transmission limits hamper renewable energy plans .145832008-03-09T21:04:02Z2008-03-09T21:04:02ZState and regional regulators acknowledge the hurdles - especially in northern New Hampshire - but don't have ready solutions. A bill before the New Hampshire Senate would have the state be ready to act if no regional solution is forthcoming.
ISO New England, which manages power for the region, is considering changing rules so more of the costs of transmission upgrades could be shared regionally. But as things stand now, backers of projects generally must pay for upgrades needed to connect them to the system.
"None of this is a real speedy process," acknowledges Michael Harrington, senior regional policy adviser for the state Public Utilities Commission.
Power plants get little-known subsidies.124062007-10-28T16:05:58Z2007-10-28T16:05:58ZWhile paper mills close and Cabletron spins off its remnants out of state, power plants from the Seacoast to Whitefield enjoy the perks of a poorly understood, $100-million subsidy program just for energy producers. It has a bureaucratic name: the forward capacity market. ...An unidentified 600-megawatt, gas-fired power plant project somewhere in Rockingham County is blocked behind half a dozen North Country renewable energy projects in the ISO-New England regulatory queue. The waiting list policy is first-come, first-served. A plant like that would typically pay its host community $4 million or more in property taxes, with few smokestack emissions. But those wind- and wood-fired projects at the front of the line are all in limbo. The Public Service power lines in the region are too small. Most of the players can't even bid into the upcoming ISO auction, because yet-to-be-built plants have to ante millions of dollars as a sort of performance bond. And the ISO doesn't make forward capacity payments for transmission line upgrades.Study hints power rates to stay high.111132007-08-02T12:00:23Z2007-08-02T12:00:23ZNew England's electricity rates, among the highest in the nation, will continue to depend almost entirely on the price of natural gas over the next two decades -- no matter what policies state leaders adopt for conserving energy and approving new kinds of power plants, according to a study being released today.
The report, by Independent System Operator New England, which runs the six-state power grid and the region's $10 billion wholesale power market, offers no hope rates will drop significantly unless the price of natural gas plummets. That's an outcome few energy investors are banking on.
Since 2000, as New England has grown more dependent on cleaner-burning natural-gas power plants, average homeowners' electric bills in Massachusetts have roughly doubled, along with an equivalent jump in the prices for wholesale natural gas. The ISO's "scenario analysis" examines 52 approaches to meeting demand for electricity through 2025, but takes no position on which are best. They include launching massive conservation efforts, building nuclear generators at existing nuclear plants, and making a huge regional push into cleaner-burning coal plants.
Regardless of which scenario is pursued, 90 percent of the time in 2020-2025 the price of gas would determine the price of electricity, the report says. Emissions, regulation, siting among legislative priorities in Northeast.105902007-07-06T11:22:37Z2007-07-06T11:22:37ZLegislators in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic passed a number of bills applying to the electric power industry, with several states committing to emissions reductions through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and other states making broad organizational changes to their regulatory processes.PEI Wind Farm Exports Power To U.S..96102007-05-16T11:00:28Z2007-05-16T11:00:28ZA portion of the wind energy generated from newly installed wind turbines located in PEI was wheeled through PEI and New Brunswick and sold to the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) via the international interconnection node in Keswick, N.B. The renewable energy certificates (RECs) that were generated from this transmission were sold separately to independent buyers located in the NEPOOL. Significant New England Energy Alliance Survey Results.91762007-04-26T21:28:25Z2007-04-26T21:28:25ZNew England Energy Alliance Survey Finds Consumer Concern about Future Electricity Supplies, Desire to Choose Electricity Supplier and Support for Addressing Global Warming