‘No place to go but up’: Entergy critics urgea new look at abandoned plan to sell trans-mission grid, break up vertical monopoly
“The people who are supposed to be keeping Entergy on their toes have pretty muchgone out to coffee, and that’s a pretty serious problem,” utility consultant RobertMcCullough told The Lens. “We do not see the motivation from each of the actorsthat’s necessarily sufficient to solve this.”
In the report that focused on Entergy, McCullough also noted that “many utilities wait until older equipment is destroyed rather than preemptively replacing equipment. There are understandable regulatory reasons for doing so: It is easier to recover the cost of storm damage than it is to argue for early retirement of existing assets.”
A report by analysts with energy consulting firm McCullough Research found that Entergy had “overstated” how long its transmission and distribution equipment can last because of the increased frequency of stronger hurricanes.
Public Utilities Fortnightly, Robert McCullough
The two leading renewable technologies are non-dispatchable intermittent resources. The unsubstantiated assumption that they will lower the value of capacity needs to be examined closely.
The Electricity Journal, Robert McCullough
We analyze PJM’s Reliability Pricing Model auction in the context of ongoing reform proposals that seek to address the perception that state subsidies for carbon free generation are depressing capacity prices.
The Lawyer’s Daily, Robert McCullough
Jordan Cove is planned for Coos Bay. In order to procure natural gas, a pipeline is planned to connect to supplies at Malin, Ore. Malin connects to Kingsgate, Alta., and Opal, Wyo. Overall, Coos Bay is over 909 miles from sources of supply in the east and 841 miles from Alberta.
Last year North America experienced a great deal of extreme weather. It is clear that there are going to be even more extreme weather events – increasingly so with global cli-mate change. That we are unprepared is not news – Hurricane Ida put a million customers out of power across eight states. Wildfires along the west coast have decimated whole towns and imperiled the grid. A single cold snap in Texas cost hundreds of lives. What is news is that we haven’t started preparing to get prepared for 2022.
Correcting – very conservatively – for the assumed zero costs in the last twenty months of the project, places Site C at $950 million dollars over budget. By all indications, February’s new budget was simply an approximation with traditional construction cost fore-casts scrambling to fit within the $16 billion target.
On August 29, 2021 all eight lines supplying electricity to the City of New Orleans were put out of service by Category 4 Hurricane Ida. The utility that serves the area, Entergy, has provided little substantive information about the scale of the disaster, but it appears that damages to the system are extensive and may extend beyond the conductors to the steel towers themselves.
As everyone is considering the extensive outages and the next steps, we feel it pertinent to consider the age of equipment and changes to regulatory standards for buildings and towers. Many of the major transmission lines in the region were built before an increase in the required MPH rating of the structures. This helps explain why there was such extensive damage.