ISO New England warns of gas pipeline constraints while promising adequate power for winter
HOLYOKE — ISO New England says the region’s power system is on track to meet consumer electricity demand this winter, but that certain conditions could present reliability challenges.
The nonprofit independent system operator oversees the six-state power generation and transmission system, manages wholesale electricity markets and undertakes regional system planning.
During the 2017-18 winter season, operations could become challenging “if demand is higher than projected, if the region loses a large generator, electricity imports are affected, or when natural gas pipeline constraints limit the fuel available to natural-gas-fired power plants,” said the ISO in a press statement Thursday.
In those instances, the ISO “could be required to implement special operating procedures” to maintain grid reliability….