Analysis recommends peakers can be used as a step toward re-powering

BROOKVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 15, 2002 — The Center for Management Analysis (CMA) at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University has released an analysis that contains recommendations for meeting Long Island’s energy demands — including a possible energy shortage in summer 2003 — in an economical and environmentally acceptable way.

This analysis, titled “Peakers as a Step to Re-Powering,” follows the Center’s two previous studies on energy issues on Long Island.

The creation of small (45-50 megawatt) simple-cycle combustion turbine plants, known as “Peakers” for their ability to carry utilities through periods of peak demand for electricity, is favored for Long Island because the units can be licensed and built in a nine-month time frame under NYS Article X licensing law, in time for the next peak season.

However, Dr. Matthew Cordaro, Director of the CMA, says, “a forward-looking examination of the economics and environmental factors suggests that such units may not be the best choice for the long-term.”

The study recommends the installation of 80 MW simple-cycle combustion turbines at existing generating plants with a plan for eventual conversion to more efficient combined-cycle technology as part of a re-powering of these facilities.

The 80 MW peakers can also be installed within the ideal 9-month time frame, and in time they would result in greater capacity and significant economic and environmental benefits, through conversion to combined-cycle operation.

The 45-50 MW simple-cycle units previously used in peaking service on Long Island cannot be converted to combined-cycle operation, making them distinctly less efficient in the long run.

It is important not to assume from this analysis that the baseload generating projects now in advanced development on Long Island, Spagnoli Road and ANP, are not needed. These projects are vitally necessary for meeting future energy demand and should be completed as soon as possible.

The Center for Management Analysis is an academically based organization designed to serve the diverse needs of government, business and the community by providing a climate for research, consultation and problem solving. It aims to unite educators and practitioners while addressing public issues through reasoned dialogue and analysis.

Source: C.W. Post’s Center for Management Analysis

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