Friday, November 10, 2017

Blackouts from Phoenix to Los Angeles if coal plant shuts down, study from coal company says

Via Billy

A study by consultants Quanta Technology and funded by coal giant Peabody supports keeping the Navajo Generating Station open or risk significant dangers from brownouts and blackouts in the region. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

A study being released Thursday will warn of brownouts and blackouts if the largest coal plant in the West is shut down in favor of natural gas-fired electricity.

The study by consultants Quanta Technology and funded by coal giant Peabody was submitted to Arizona’s state utility commission. It supports keeping the Navajo Generating Station open or risk significant dangers from brownouts and blackouts in the region. Peabody supplies the station with coal.

The study shows that Arizona’s dependence on a few natural gas pipelines to supply the entire state would pose a key vulnerability to grid reliability if Arizona were to become overly reliant on natural gas power plants to provide the bulk of its electricity. It also looked at what the reliability hurdles would be if the Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona unexpectedly closed.
The results would be bad on many levels, the study found.

6 comments:

  1. Is this the coal plant that is on the Navajo reservation? It is treated like the N.Dak oil refinery built by the state a few years ago. The reservations and the states are sovereign in domestic issues. Reservations in states are sovereign of state law. The Feds are sovereign in internation law regardless of the opinions of UN officials. indyjonesouthere

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  2. This plant, know alternatively as either the Salt River Project or the Navajo Generating Station, is one on the largest coal fired set ups in the country. At this point it is scheduled to close some time in 2019 when the lease from the Navajo tribe expires.

    Just where CA is going to get the alternative power is still speculative. True, shale gas production of electricity has become cheaper than from coal, but the last thing that CA politicians want to be seen is the utter hypocrisy involved in switching from coal to gas. Yes it's easy to hate coal with it's massive fuel storage areas and 750 foot tall stacks, but don't they also fracking even more now?

    Also I doubt they will mention the hundreds of good paying skilled jobs that will be lost, especially among local Native America populations. The plant was built in page Arizona primarily because there is next to nothing else in the area. More impoverished locals trapped on the reservation to become reliable Democrat voters.

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  3. "Blackouts from Phoenix to Los Angeles if coal plant shuts down, study from coal company says "

    Well I was against shutting down coal plants before but after reading the headline....

    Y'all have a nice day.

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