New Generation Capacity

by Charles E. Mann, ICF Inc, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Energy Systems for the 21st Century


Currently, electric utilities in the U. S. have excess generation capacity. In addition, some new generation capacity is well under construction and is scheduled to come on-line soon, even though excess capacity currently exists. This excess capacity will gradually disappear as the load grows, and the need for additional generation capacity will arise once again. This paper addresses some important questions related to new generation capacity: How long will the current excess capacity situation last and when will new capacity be needed? Will the new capacity be peaking or baseload capacity? And what role might the integrated gasifier-combined-cycle technology play in the capacity planning strategies of electric utilities?

Subject Headings: Electric power | Load bearing capacity | Power plants | Gasification | Construction management | Scheduling | Load factors | Coal

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