ERCOT Analysis of the Impacts Of The Clean Power Plan: Final Rule Update

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) (Press Release) (report)

[Texas Energy Report] The state’s primarily grid operator said electric reliability could be jeopardized if 4,000 megawatts (MW) or more of coal generation shuts down too quickly under EPA’s Clean Power Plan and other federal rules.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released an updated report Friday that frets up to 4,000-4,400 MW of coal-fired electric generation could retire by 2020, raising electric reliability concerns.

“Based on our analysis, we are especially concerned about reliability risks associated with multiple unit retirements within a short timeframe,” ERCOT CEO Trip Doggett said in releasing “ERCOT Analysis of the Impacts of the Clean Power Plan, Final Rule Update.”

The report underlines worries about service disruptions along the early path to lower carbon reductions sought by the Environmental Protection Agency and estimates retail electric prices could increase 16 percent by 2030 as a result of the climate change initiative…


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