Spotlight: An Integrated Approach to Wind Power

New England has enough wind energy to power more than a million homes when all the turbines are spinning. Over the years, ISO New England has undertaken a number of initiatives to integrate wind resources into the region’s power system. These videos detail the work being done behind the scenes at ISO New England to weave wind energy into our operations, markets, and system planning procedures.

Fast Stats on Wind
  • Roughly 1,400 MW of wind power is operational in the region, most of which was built over the past decade.
  • Over 3,300 gigawatt hours of wind power came through New England’s wholesale markets in 2018.
  • Developers are proposing nearly 16,000 MW of additional wind power, primarily offshore in southern New England.

Learn about New England’s resource mix.

System Operations

Mike Knowland, operations forecast and scheduling supervisor, talks about the importance of having an accurate forecast of wind power production. For ISO system operators, knowing how hard the wind is blowing is critically important to maintaining power system reliability.

Wholesale Markets

Chief Economist Matthew White describes the coordinated system of communication between wind generators and ISO New England’s control room that allows the region to access the competitive prices presented by wind energy, while maintaining a reliable system.

System Planning

Al McBride, director of transmission strategy and services, explains the difficulty of connecting wind farms being developed in remote areas of New England where the transmission system can’t always transmit large quantities of energy to be used elsewhere. To help wind developers achieve the economies of scale needed to make the necessary transmission upgrades, ISO New England developed rules to let them pool resources.