Grid operator: Summer power enough in New England

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm •  Published: April 29, 2014

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — Energy efficiency will help ensure enough electricity is available in New England even during an extended heat wave, the region's electric grid operator said Tuesday.

If the temperature hits 90 degrees, electricity demand is expected to peak at about 26,660 megawatts as customers crank up air conditioners, ISO-New England said. In an extended heat wave of about 95 degrees, demand could peak at about 28,965 megawatts.

If all the generators in New England operate at maximum ability, about 30,900 megawatts would be available.

Vamsi Chadalavada, ISO's chief operating officer, said widespread energy-efficiency in the region has reduced the peak demand forecast for electricity.

Beginning June 1, the remaining units of the Salem Harbor power station in the Boston area will shut, representing a reduction of 585 megawatts of generating capacity in the region.

ISO expects to be able to meet consumer demand this summer, but the plant closing is the first in a series of expected "large resource retirements" in the coming years that will reduce available generating capacity in New England, Chadalavada said.

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