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EBC Energy Program: Large Hydro and Wind Electricity and Increased Natural Gas Transmission into New England
June 5, 2014 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
This EBC program will provide an overview of developing efforts to bring new long distance transmission lines from Canada and northern New England to supply new renewable electricity to southern New England.
Large scale hydropower and on-shore wind power, in large quantities, are only available from the North and there is a rush to move such power in quantity to meet fast approaching state renewable energy goals. As we approach the second half of this decade, the New England States, particularly the densely populated states of CT, MA and RI, are at risk of not meeting Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) mandates. Multiple competing projects for North-South transmission lines are in planning, lines intended to bring wind power, Canadian hydropower, or both into southern New England. It remains to be seen which of these proposals will prevail. Importing large scale hydro is mostly motivated by economics, reliability and carbon politics. Imported large scale hydro would compete with combined cycle natural gas and base load nuclear capacity in addition to furthering progress toward a lower carbon footprint. Only CT recognizes large scale hydro within its RPS but there is momentum to bring large hydro into RPS more broadly.
Current natural gas pipeline capacity into New England is a major issue for both a dependent power generation grid and a burgeoning demand from residential and commercial customers. Recent pipeline capacity shortfalls has caused power prices to spike to very high levels and forced seldom-used expensive oil-fired units to operate much more than is desirable. Such dependence on a constrained natural gas fuel supply deserves careful attention because the New England generation grid, at nearly 50% natural gas, is vulnerable to the possibility of losing over 8000 MW of coal and oil to retirement. This, in addition to the fact that the three large aging nuclear power plants in New England are at risk due to shaky economics and safety concerns.
All market signals point to a New England generation grid becoming more dependent on natural gas, so better coordination between natural gas and electric industries is absolutely necessary and it needs to happen quickly.
Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.
Dale Raczynski, Principal, Epsilon Associates, Inc.
- Ted Barten, Managing Principal, Epsilon Associates, Inc.
- John Meeske, President, Energy Markets Decisions
- Stephan Conant, Senior Vice President, Anbaric Transmission
- Carolyn O’Connor, Director, External Affairs and Communications, Hydro Quebec US
- Michael Dirrane, Director of Marketing, Spectra Energy Transmission
- Curtis Cole, Director, Business Development, Kinder Morgan – Tennessee Gas Pipeline
- Cynthia Armstrong, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Portland Natural Gas Transmission
Please visit the Presentations section of the EBC website to view the available presentations from this program.