Wednesday, January 08, 2014
By Jan Ellen Spiegelwww.ctmirror.org
Power usage on the New England grid leveled off a bit today as temperatures began to slowly rise. But prices were still running high – more than $300 a megawatt hour at times - as the Independent System Operator that manages the grid, ISO New England, continued to use more expensive oil- and coal-fired generation.
Their use, beginning with the first cold snap late last week and again Tuesday, has been the result of the lack of gas lines in the region. They are at capacity so when the weather is cold, more of that gas goes for heating. That leaves less for power generation, so the ISO turns to coal and oil plants.
Coal and oil together typically account for less than 4 percent of the fuel mix the ISO has on the grid. On Wednesday, they again accounted for about 30 percent. Natural gas, usually more than 50 percent of the mix, was at less than 30 percent.
Peak demand today was predicted to be 21,060 megawatts. Tuesday’s peak demand had been predicted to hit 20,700 megawatts, but actual demand far exceeded that.
Enter your email address to get WestportNow.com delivered to your inbox:
Powered by FeedBlitz
(Click image to resume)
Click for ConnDOT View
I rarely comment about politics—or any public issue,…by Jim Hood
I hope Jim is right for the bridge…by Carl W. Leaman
A good lesson for all!by Michael Calise
Nice to see this. Glad they are doing…by Matthew Mandell
Reader nominations welcome:
Burb Man: Brian Rutter
CT News Junkie
Fairfield Co. Real Estate
Friends of Westport Parks/Rec
Geek the Library
Kosher Like Me
Much Ado About Stuffing
Nancy on Norwalk
Nina Pomeroy Photography
Our Town Crier
Prill Boyle's Defying Gravity
Sherwood Island Friends
Taking the Kids
Westport Weather Website
Suggest a Westport-area blog by sending email to: