EUEC Presentation: What Happens to Energy Facilities During a Cold Snap?
February 26, 2015
Principal Steve Slocomb presented during the Energy, Utility, & Environment (EUEC) 2015 Conference in San Diego, California on February 17. His presentation, What Happens During a Cold Snap, summarizes what occurred during the cold snap in ISO-New England states during January of 2014. Although, this topic is still timely given the winter the Northeast is currently experiencing.
In January 2014, parts of the U.S. experienced a cold snap referred to as the Polar Vortex. During that cold snap, natural gas became extremely expensive leaving some facilities unable to purchase sufficient natural gas to operate. The presentation includes U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy operational data to determine which plants were running and which fuels were used as natural gas prices increased.
The presentation also evaluates the environmental impacts associated with using alternate fuels at Gas Turbine Combined Cycle (GTCC) facilities and with older, less efficient facilities that did not operate using natural gas. It also summarizes the impact the region faces as facilities totaling 2,300 MW have announced their retirement and as many as 5,000 MW may be retired.
For a copy of Steve’s presentation, please contact him.