White Papers

Integrating Variable Renewable Electric Power Generators and the Natural Gas Infrastructure

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The purpose of this ICF white paper is to provide a better understanding of the implications for natural gas infrastructure requirements and operation resulting from the integration of significant amounts of variable renewable generation on the electric grid. This white paper is based on several recent ICF studies as well as some internal studies that have not been published.

Although there has been extensive discussion and analysis of the requirements for integration of renewable electricity generators with the electric grid, there has been much less focus on interactions with the natural gas grid, which could be significant. There is widespread agreement that gas-based generation will be an important component of renewable integration, but little detailed analysis is available of the potential interactions between electric and natural gas systems.


Authored By

  • Judah Rose

    Senior Vice President and Managing DirectorICF International

    Judah Rose joined ICF International in 1982 and has 30 years of experience in the energy industry with clients such as electric utilities, financial institutions, law firms, government agencies, fuel companies, and independent power producers (IPPs). He is an ICF Distinguished Consultant, an honorary title given to three of ICF's 4,500+ employees. He has served on the ICF Board of Directors as the management shareholder representative.

    Mr. Rose has supported the financing of tens of billions of dollars of new and existing power plants and is a frequent counselor to the financial community. He provides expert testimony and litigation support, addressed approximately 100 major energy conferences, and authored numerous articles.

    Mr. Rose has a B.S. degree in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.P.P. degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

  • Joel Bluestein

    Senior Vice PresidentICF International

    Joel Bluestein is a nationally recognized expert on the impacts of environmental and energy regulation. At ICF International, he has been directly involved in the development of most of the recently developed emission trading programs. He advises companies on the implications of greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation and assists in the development of GHG compliance and sustainability strategies.

    During his 30-year career, he has performed technology and market assessment, energy conservation project analysis, and long-term energy demand forecasting, and testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a registered Professional Engineer.

  • Steve Fine

    Vice PresidentICF International

    Steve Fine is an expert on environmental markets and has led numerous multistakeholder engagements, including the Edison Electric Institute, U.S. Climate Action Partnership, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and Clean Energy Group. His work has concentrated on evaluating the economics of conventional and renewable energy resources within the context of developing environmental regulations. He was an invited panelist to a U.S. Senate roundtable discussion on the future of 3P and 4P legislation conducted by Senators Carper and Alexander.

    Mr. Fine has an M.A. in Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • Kevin Petak

    Vice PresidentICF International

    Kevin Petak, an expert in gas market modeling, has over 26 years of experience in the energy industry. He has directed numerous energy market analyses to support strategic planning needs at energy companies. The analyses have investigated the impact of gas production, gas storage, liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports, and pipeline expansions on gas prices, the effect of weather and oil prices on gas markets, and the impact of carbon control strategies on gas markets. They have been widely used to support facilities/fuels/contracts management and planning, mergers and acquisitions, investment decisions, risk management, and hedge strategies.

    Mr. Petak has directed gas market modeling work for the National Petroleum Council, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, the American Gas Foundation, and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. Much of Mr. Petak’s work focuses on projecting market growth and prices for the North American natural gas market by using ICF’s Gas Market Model, a comprehensive gas modeling system that he developed. The ICF model is also the primary tool used for ICF’s gas market subscription services, which Mr. Petak manages. In the past few years, Mr. Petak has completed a number of studies that have investigated the impacts of different regulations on natural gas use and prices. In addition, studies have focused on the amount of natural gas infrastructure that is necessary under different scenarios. Mr. Petak has a M.S. in Business from the University of Texas at Dallas and a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

  • Ken Collison

    Vice PresidentICF International

    Ken Collison, who joined ICF International in 2002, has expertise in transmission studies, power system reliability studies, critical infrastructure protection, transmission and ancillary services valuation, generation analysis, utility restructuring, and strategic studies.

    Mr. Collison has developed full alternating current (AC) nonlinear power flow models for detailed power system engineering studies, including power system reliability assessment, contingency analysis, and total transfer capability analysis for the networks of several power pools in the United States. In several power markets, he has led studies to determine the impact of major proposed transmission projects on the ability of the market operators to reliably meet system demand.

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Published: Nov 1, 2011
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Bruce Henning

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