New England power expected to meet winter demand

Posted Dec. 06, 2011, at 11:47 a.m.

HOLYOKE, Mass. — New England’s power grid operator says electricity supplies are expected to more than adequately meet demand this winter.

ISO-New England, the operator of the region’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets, said Monday that the six-state region has 33,200 megawatts available. Demand is expected to peak at about 22,255 megawatts.

ISO-New England says that if the winter brings extreme weather, which it defines as slightly lower than 2 degrees Fahrenheit, demand could reach 22,935 megawatts. That’s still less than the amount of electricity generated in the region or brought in from outside New England.

Normal winter temperatures are considered to be about 7 degrees.

The grid operator, which is in Holyoke, said the all-time winter peak of 22,818 megawatts was set on Jan. 15, 2004, during a cold snap.

 

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