ERCOT 2019 Summer Quarter Outlook

LCG, May 29, 2019-- LCG released a new summer (June – September 2019) report that looks at how the ERCOT grid copes with strained network conditions. Resource adequacy analysis for the region is especially important during extreme summer loading conditions. This summer the network is under particular scrutiny as the reserves have tightened because of recent retirements.

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South Field Energy Breaks Ground for 1,182-MW Power Plant

LCG, May 16, 2019--South Field Energy LLC announced yesterday its groundbreaking for an 1,182-MW, combined-cycle electric generating facility in Columbiana County, Ohio. The natural gas-fired facility is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2021 and represents a $1.3 billion investment.

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Industry News

Connections of Wind Farms to Irish Grid Blocked

LCG, Dec. 4, 2003--The intermittent nature of wind power production and the significant amount of planned growth of wind installations in Ireland has led a top regulator to halt further connections in order to insure reliable operations.

The decision was prompted in part by a letter to the regulator, Tom Reeves, from the managing director of ESB National Grid, Kieran O'Brien, in which O'Brien asked for emergency steps to be taken. "While these issues could be ignored with low levels of wind generation on the system, now that definitive plans are in place to significantly and rapidly increase the proportion of wind generation on the system, a number of complex technical issues relating to wind generation must be resolved," the letter stated.

Reeves said that he knew the decision would not be received well by executives of wind power production firms. He stated that he was "naturally reluctant to approve emergency type measures of this nature without any prior warning to the industry," but that a higher priority lay in "overall system reliability."

O'Brien asked that the technical issues should be fully researched before any new connections are approved. He wrote that the amount of currently connected facilities and approved wind connection agreements "pose an increased risk to the security and stability of the power system which the transmission system operator feels exceeds the level normally likely to be accepted by a prudent system operator."
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