Thursday, July 03, 2014

Drought Threatening State Power Grid

It's unclear to me after reading this Cal Watchdog article whether we could have power shortages in Humboldt. Water restrictions being put in place by the state could affect power generation capabilities, particularly in areas serviced by natural gas fueled plants. They need a fair amount of water to produce power. 

I believe the Humboldt Bay Power Plant runs on natural gas now. I believe the others burn wood but still need water for steam. There's a map of the state in the article showing locations of power plants. I can't get it to expand but it shows three or four in Humboldt County. I'm having a hard time reading the map legend to tell what is what.

I haven't heard any water restriction proposals for up here recently, but the article does say, "...three facilities in Northern California totaling 1500 MW have been identified at being at risk of having water supply curtailments.". Then again, Northern California is considered anything north of San Luis Obispo by many in the state. They may not be referring to ours.

Either way, since we're part of the statewide grid, this could have some effect on us.
“In considering the drought situation for the summer of 2014, the ISO is following the potential impact of thermal (steam) units being out of service due to water supply curtailments.  Among the 260 thermal power plants greater than 20 MW (megawatts), three facilities in Northern California totaling 1,150 MW have been identified to be at risk of having water supply curtailments. … Water supplies to thermal generation will likely be of a greater concern in 2015 if the current drought continues.”  - See more at: http://calwatchdog.com/2014/07/02/water-shortage-could-bring-electricity-grid-failure/#sthash.vypdgija.dpuf
“In considering the drought situation for the summer of 2014, the ISO is following the potential impact of thermal (steam) units being out of service due to water supply curtailments.  Among the 260 thermal power plants greater than 20 MW (megawatts), three facilities in Northern California totaling 1,150 MW have been identified to be at risk of having water supply curtailments. … Water supplies to thermal generation will likely be of a greater concern in 2015 if the current drought continues.”  - See more at: http://calwatchdog.com/2014/07/02/water-shortage-could-bring-electricity-grid-failure/#sthash.vypdgija.dpuf
“In considering the drought situation for the summer of 2014, the ISO is following the potential impact of thermal (steam) units being out of service due to water supply curtailments.  Among the 260 thermal power plants greater than 20 MW (megawatts), three facilities in Northern California totaling 1,150 MW have been identified to be at risk of having water supply curtailments. … Water supplies to thermal generation will likely be of a greater concern in 2015 if the current drought continues.”  - See more at: http://calwatchdog.com/2014/07/02/water-shortage-could-bring-electricity-grid-failure/#sthash.vypdgija.dpuf

1 Comments:

At 10:43 AM, Blogger Evie Gustafson said...

Fred, buy clicking on the map and using Ctrl+ multiple times, I was able to bigify the map so I could read the legend. I don't know what it means but maybe you can try this and figure it out.

 

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