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Title: California Energy Commission staff paper. Issues related to reliability of power plants in California

Abstract

This paper reflects the concern that without reexamination on the part of the industry of its past policies, traditions, and practices, the power plants yet to be licensed in the State of California may not fulfill their full productivity potential. Also, this document seeks a recognition of all parties participating in the regulatory processes, that unless appropriate and deliberate measures are applied, the reliability of the future power generating facilities may be inconsistent with the energy needs, and consequently the reliability deficiency may have to be compensated for by construction of additional generating units that otherwise should not be required. Accordingly, the causes and factors contributing to degradation of power plants reliability are identified, and various means of reduction (or elimination) of such causes, along with related economic aspects are discussed. Basic policies derived from the statutory requirements, the ensuing Commission's role, and the role of the Commission's staff relative to the reliability issues are identified. The contents of this document are applicable to any type of baseload power generating facility. The provided record, pointing to the need for reliability improvement, covers the history of nuclear, geothermal, coal, gas, and oil-fired units. The record encompasses variables such as the generatingmore » unit size (MW) and the plant maturity (age). Also, certain facilities with exceptional productivity levels, which resulted from specific measures taken to achieve them, are identified. In addition to the specific measures that can be taken to increase the power plant's reliability, the recommendation to study the merits of incentivising the power industry to improve the productivity levels of future power plants is included.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
California Energy Commission, Sacramento (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5428660
Report Number(s):
DOE/RA/08137-T1
DOE Contract Number:  
FC01-77RA08137
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; CALIFORNIA; THERMAL POWER PLANTS; FOSSIL-FUEL POWER PLANTS; ECONOMICS; RELIABILITY; GEOTHERMAL POWER PLANTS; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; CAPACITY; DESIGN; EXPERIMENTAL DATA; FINANCIAL INCENTIVES; GRAPHS; LICENSING; OUTAGES; POWER SYSTEMS; SAFETY; TABLES; DATA; DATA FORMS; INFORMATION; NORTH AMERICA; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; NUMERICAL DATA; POWER PLANTS; USA; WESTERN REGION; 200100* - Fossil-Fueled Power Plants- Power Plants & Power Generation; 210000 - Nuclear Power Plants; 150800 - Geothermal Power Plants; 296000 - Energy Planning & Policy- Electric Power

Citation Formats

Shurley, L A. California Energy Commission staff paper. Issues related to reliability of power plants in California. United States: N. p., 1979. Web. doi:10.2172/5428660.
Shurley, L A. California Energy Commission staff paper. Issues related to reliability of power plants in California. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5428660
Shurley, L A. Sat . "California Energy Commission staff paper. Issues related to reliability of power plants in California". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5428660. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5428660.
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title = {California Energy Commission staff paper. Issues related to reliability of power plants in California},
author = {Shurley, L A},
abstractNote = {This paper reflects the concern that without reexamination on the part of the industry of its past policies, traditions, and practices, the power plants yet to be licensed in the State of California may not fulfill their full productivity potential. Also, this document seeks a recognition of all parties participating in the regulatory processes, that unless appropriate and deliberate measures are applied, the reliability of the future power generating facilities may be inconsistent with the energy needs, and consequently the reliability deficiency may have to be compensated for by construction of additional generating units that otherwise should not be required. Accordingly, the causes and factors contributing to degradation of power plants reliability are identified, and various means of reduction (or elimination) of such causes, along with related economic aspects are discussed. Basic policies derived from the statutory requirements, the ensuing Commission's role, and the role of the Commission's staff relative to the reliability issues are identified. The contents of this document are applicable to any type of baseload power generating facility. The provided record, pointing to the need for reliability improvement, covers the history of nuclear, geothermal, coal, gas, and oil-fired units. The record encompasses variables such as the generating unit size (MW) and the plant maturity (age). Also, certain facilities with exceptional productivity levels, which resulted from specific measures taken to achieve them, are identified. In addition to the specific measures that can be taken to increase the power plant's reliability, the recommendation to study the merits of incentivising the power industry to improve the productivity levels of future power plants is included.},
doi = {10.2172/5428660},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/5428660}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1979},
month = {12}
}