Gordon van Welie

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Stories by Gordon van Welie

Grid in the balance

Grid in the balance

Clean, reliable, competitively priced power — or suboptimal solutions?

ON THE FACE of it, New England’s power system is in good shape. Over nearly two decades, the region’s competitive wholesale electricity markets have attracted investment in the power plants and demand-side resources needed to meet consumer demand. Upgrades to the region’s high-voltage transmission system have vastly improved reliability, allowing power to move freely around the(...)

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Natural gas: Good news and bad news

Natural gas: Good news and bad news

A growing supply is driving down prices, but the fuel’s dominance is posing challenges

in january 2011, extremely cold temperatures enveloped New England, and demand for natural gas soared. Why does demand for natural gas matter to ISO New England, which operates the regional electricity grid and manages the wholesale electricity markets? Because natural gas has become the dominant fuel used to generate electricity in our region. The story(...)

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Catching the wind

Catching the wind

Renewable power has tremendous potential, but only with a serious investment in infrastructure and technology

More than 10 years ago, New England set out on the road to develop dynamic, competitive wholesale electricity markets that would create incentives for private investment in diverse sources of supply, transmission improvements, and new technologies to make the region’s electric system more efficient and its resources more cost-effective. Electric industry restructuring prompted a tremendous(...)

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