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Retiring Coal Plants While Protecting System Reliability

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Proposed regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would require the U.S. power industry to retire an unprecedented number of coal-burning power plants. This type of large-scale retirement can be accommodated without sacrificing system reliability, provided that the retirements are undertaken in a coordinated manner and with sufficient flexibility. ICF International examines two key requirements for successfully implementing the rules without sacrificing system reliability: transmission security analysis and a realistic implementation timeframe.


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.

  • 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.

  • Himali Parmar

    Senior ManagerICF International

    Himali Parmar performs analysis in generation, transmission, and ancillary services valuation; transmission studies; and utility restructuring. Her expertise includes forecasting transmission congestion and losses and their effect on locational power prices and plant dispatch in the U.S. power markets.

    After earning a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin, she was an intern with the American Transmission Company. She did load flow and contingency analysis to develop short-and long-term transmission system plans for the transmission planning group. While a student at University of Wisconsin, Ms. Parmar was a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses in the Electrical Engineering Department.

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Published: Jul 26, 2011
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Source: ICF International
 
 

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