Indiana utilities are shutting down coal plants while also replacing them with renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy. Of course, there are plenty of Peaker Plants that are being added to accompany the natural gas source. These plants really are capable when the demand itself is sky-high. Some utilities believe that these plants are able to work as a backup on days when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow as much. Wise activists of the environmental kind believe that it’s only a hindrance to the local wildlife, while also proving to be overly costly for customers. The U.S. Department of Energy is always interested in analyzing the policy and technology development area. As is such, there’s plenty of power that is very visible in the grander divide of weather and natural gas as a whole. A peaker plant, no matter what you believe, may very well be controversial.
Peaker plants aren’t alone the one way to recover from losing a resource that can dispel like coal. Analyzing the long-term plans for both utilities could plan to create gas peaker plants at both CenterPoint and NIPSCO. Utilities as a whole tries to handle peaker plants in a very lassiez-faire manner. NIPSCO uses battery storage in the long-term, while the batteries themselves had been majorly dismissed by CenterPoint.
There was not enough consideration for what’s better known as demand response, in which case, incentives are offered to specific customers so as to let power be used more or less while high demand can cause a blackout.
In many ways, there are resources being left behind that may or may not be cost effective, while it may also be a mix. In some instances, there’s word that a smaller peaker and distributed resolution.
What’s important in long-term plans, is how utilities are in need of creating a variety of different scenarios, otherwise known as energy mix portfolios, while analyzing the benefits and drawbacks of each path. Utilities are known to create enough energy that xan be depolyed in any case of emergency. Of course, the regional transmission operator overseeing much of Indiana, in the MISO Midcontinent Independent System operator had been able to set a reserve margin. Utilities can really only compare portfolio that tend to meet that margin as equally reliable. This wasn’t quite the case for NIPSCO and CenterPoint’s very own plans. That’s the truth of it all.