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Utility & Regulatory Factors Affecting Cogeneration & Independent Power Plant Design & Operation
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In specifying a cogeneration or independent power plant, the owner should be especially aware of the influences which electric utilities and regulatory bodies will have on key parameters such as size, efficiency, design, reliability/ availability, operating capabilities and modes, etc. This paper will note examples of some of the major factors which could impact the project developer and his economics, as well as discuss potential mitigation measures. Areas treated include wheeling, utility ownership interests, dispatchability, regulatory acceptance and other considerations which could significantly affect the plant definition and, as a result, its attendant business and financing structure. Finally, suggestions are also made for facilitating the process of integration with the electric utility.
Felak, R. P. (1986). Utility & Regulatory Factors Affecting Cogeneration & Independent Power Plant Design & Operation. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from