Report Highlights Potential Reliability Risks Due to Increased Natural Gas Dependence
ATLANTA - An increasing dependence on natural gas for electricity generation could pose reliability risks to the bulk power system due to the reliance on a single, just-in-time fuel source. A North American Electric Reliability Corporation short-term special assessment highlights recommendations to manage these potential impacts.
While much has been accomplished to improve coordination between the gas and electricity industries, more opportunities remain, according to NERC’s Operational Risk Assessment with High Penetration of Natural Gas-Fired Generation. Natural gas challenges historically have occurred during extreme winter weather conditions and focused primarily on pipeline capacity and availability. However, as the reliance on natural gas increases, these challenges may be experienced more often. Additionally, a recent high-profile event at a natural gas storage facility demonstrates the potential risks to bulk power system reliability by reducing fuel diversity.
Posted On: 05/24/2016