Authorities to kick off gas-electric power transmission study

The participating planning authorities of the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative: ISO New England, New York ISO, Ontario’s Independent Electric System Operator, Midcontinent ISO, PJM Interconnection and the Tennessee Valley Authority, are issuing a request for proposals to conduct a Gas-Electric System Interface Study covering their combined footprints.

A major initiative, the study will analyze the natural gas infrastructure serving a large portion of the Eastern Interconnection. The study will be funded under an existing U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant.

The study, which is to be completed by mid-2015, will develop a baseline of the electric transmission and natural gas systems, including their planning, operation and interactions.

In addition, the study will look at the adequacy of the gas system to satisfy power generation needs over five and 10-year horizons; identify contingencies on the gas and electric systems that could negatively affect the other; and examine the pros and cons of dual-fuel capability for generation versus expanding gas system infrastructure.

The study results will help improve gas/electric coordination to ensure electric system reliability.

Formed under an agreement by over two dozen electric system planning authorities from 40 states in the eastern U.S. and six provinces in eastern Canada, the EIPC is focused on a “bottom-up” approach, starting with a roll-up of the existing grid expansion plans of electric system planning authorities in the Eastern Interconnection.

The EIPC membership includes Alcoa Power Generating, Inc.; American Transmission Co. LLC; Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC; Electric Energy Incorporated; E.ON U.S. LLC , on behalf on its operating companies Louisville Gas & Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co.; Entergy Services, Inc. on behalf of the Entergy Corp. Utility Operating Companies; Florida Power & Light Co.; Georgia Transmission Corp.; Independent Electricity System Operator (“IESO”); International Transmission Co.; ISO New England, Inc.; JEA; Mid-Continent Area Power Pool, by and through its agent, MAPPCOR; Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.; Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia; New York Independent System Operator, Inc.; PJM Interconnection; PowerSouth Energy Cooperative; Duke Progress Energy; Duke Energy Florida, Inc.; South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.; South Carolina Public Service Authority; Southern Co. Services Inc., as agent for Alabama Power Co., Georgia Power Co., Gulf Power Co., and Mississippi Power Co.; Southwest Power Pool, Inc.; and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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  • The Clarion Energy Content Team is made up of editors from various publications, including POWERGRID International, Power Engineering, Renewable Energy World, Hydro Review, Smart Energy International, and Power Engineering International. Contact the content lead for this publication at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com.

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