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Grid operators plan study of gas and electric infrastructure in the Eastern Interconnection


From the March 28, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 28, 2013

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
A coalition of grid operators plans to conduct an analysis of major interstate, intrastate and local natural gas infrastructure serving the Eastern Interconnection, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff said in a March 21 report on regional gas-electricity coordination efforts. The primary objectives are to develop a baseline of the electric and natural gas systems, including their operation, planning and interactions, the report said. A request for proposals is anticipated in the first quarter of 2013, with the work being completed by the end of 2014.

The study will include analysis of the major natural gas processing facilities, intrastate and interstate natural gas pipelines, underground natural gas and above-ground liquefied natural gas storage systems, and local gas distribution systems serving the footprints of the Eastern Interconnection, the report said. The study will evaluate the adequacy of the regional gas systems to supply gas-fired generation needs over a 10-year horizon; identify contingencies on the natural gas system that could adversely affect the electric system and vice versa; and review the benefits and costs of dual-fuel capability compared with securing firm gas transportation. 

The grid operators involved are ISO-New England, the New York ISO, PJM, the Midwest ISO, Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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