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Performance review: Nuclear, Fossil Fuels, and Renewables during the 2019 Polar Vortex

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07 February 2019

Performance review: Nuclear, Fossil Fuels, and Renewables during the 2019 Polar Vortex

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The extreme cold (Polar Vortex) event that hit the US during the last week of January 2019 was a good test of Midwest/Northeast power grid resiliency. It appears the power grid survived the event without major customer disruptions or extreme pricing, outside of some isolated real-time action, compared to past Polar Vortex events. Wood Mackenzie poured through mountains of hourly data to assess the performance of different generating technologies. For the most part, they all performed "as expected", but we discovered many interesting nuggets of information buried deep in the data mountain.

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