Loss of VY Insignificant
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#1 Aug 29, 2013
Loss of Vermont Yankee may not affect region's power supply, officials say
Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:00 pm
Loss of Vermont Yankee may not affect region's power supply, officials say By Meghan Foley Sentinel Staff
VERNON, Vt.ó The loss of a nuclear power plant that once provided Vermont with one-third of its electricity wonít affect the regionís power supply, according to energy officials.
...Loss of VY Insignificant
This is the problem with how shallow the local media is and how they donít know the important questions to ask, or they donít know who to contact to ask the good questions.
All they default to is the touristy happy land of the NEWISO.
#2 Aug 29, 2013
The NYTís and The Union leader has had articles about this within the last year...it goes way beyond snowy weather.
Nobody ever ask with all the disruption, is our grid designed for our weather and future weather?
The lack of more severe ISO actions, however, is not a true indication of the volatility of operating conditions that have persisted throughout the winter, severely testing the reliability of the New England power system.
These two events presented extreme challenges for ISO New England system operators and the operators of power system resources across the six-state region. Some of the challenges were obvious Ė generation-plant personnel keeping the plants operating during cold temperatures, high winds and snowy weather, distribution companies restoring electrical service to customers whose power was knocked out during the storm. Other challenges, particularly for ISO New England system operators, were less obvious.
#3 Aug 29, 2013
#4 Aug 29, 2013
January-February 2013 Operational Concerns
This winter, New England did not experience record or sustained cold temperatures, or unusually high demand for electricity; however, wholesale electricity prices rose significantly during this period because of physical constraints moving the lowest-priced natural gas into New England. Natural gas prices in late January spiked to $34 per million British Thermal Unit ($/MMBtu), in contrast to prices below $4/MMBtu across most of the country. Wholesale electricity-energy prices in New England increased more than 100% in January and more than 300% in February compared to 2012.
During that period, as well as during a significant winter storm in early February, ISO operators had to cope with multiple instances where generators (both gas- and oil-fired) could not get fuel to run. Our experiences this winter lead us to conclude that the status quo is not sustainable.
At one point during the winter storm, more than 6,000 MW of generation was unavailable due to uncertain fuel supplies or storm-related outages. Because the gas market operates during normal business hours and the storm occurred over a weekend, natural gas generators were hindered in their ability to access additional gas supplies because they could not access the gas market. As the regionís dependence on natural gas grows it will become increasingly important to have a flexible gas supply system that can meet the demand for electricity 7 days per week, 24 hours a day...
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