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Last week, it was released that ISO-New England had hit a milestone event — for the first time ever, electricity demand across New England hit its low point in the afternoon, rather than overnight. This means that customers used more electricity from the region’s grid at night than during the day on April 21 of this year — a shift that system operators attributed to mild temperatures and an abundance of solar arrays across the region. Solar output also hit a record high on the day in question, rising to 2309MW and driving down electricity demand. While a spokesperson for the ISO noted that such dips in daytime demand are common in California, more such days are expected in New England given that sunny skies, comfortable temperatures, and increasing solar installations are in the forecast.

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