The Stark Realities of Keeping the Lights On
||Mar 26, 2015
||8:00 AM (Thu) - 9:30 AM (Thu)
||Gordon van Welie, Asim Haque
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
In this Energy and Environment Breakfast, ICF International welcomes two industry experts who will address key questions playing out right now in New England, the PJM, and elsewhere—and with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) oversight. Key questions include:
- How do you make sure there is no shortfall if your region soon may be undersupplied with natural gas and pipeline capacity for power generation in the winter?
- Who should be responsible—generators, pipelines, independent system operators (ISO), states, or others—for making sure there's no gap?
- Who should pay for what level of reliability?
- Should there be incentives or penalties to achieve reliability?
As coal and nuclear plants are retired, gas-electric interdependence is a major issue at peak times and to meet baseload power needs. What do state regulators—who have to approve retail electric and gas rates and the siting of new pipelines—have to say about these thorny questions?