Authors: Ken Costello
April 2004
National Regulatory Research Institute
As underscored in this report, the potential problem posed by gas-fired generators is largely the responsibility of the regional electric system operator/planner, who must assess the presence of these generators on the system's reliability, particularly with regard to operational security. Theoretically, the operator/planner should then evaluate whether "forcing" or encouraging gas-fired generators to become more reliable (for example, by requiring them to have firm gas transportation service) would be beneficial to electricity consumers. At the least, and as recommended by most studies reviewed for this report, electric power system and gas transportation operators should better communicate with each other and, if feasible and economical, more formally coordinate their activities.