Title: Electricity Reliability Impacts of a Mandatory Cooling Tower Rule for Existing Steam Generation Units
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Publication Date: 10/2008
Publication Type: Report/Publication
Program/Technology: Turbines

DOE provided the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) with a list of steam generation units that would be required to retrofit with cooling towers. DOE requested NERC to model the reliability impacts of the cooling tower mandate using certain assumptions. In its white paper, NERC concludes that once the deadline for the cooling tower retrofits has passed, the generation losses resulting from the requirement would exacerbate a potential decline in electric generation reserve margins that are needed to ensure reliable delivery of electricity. Nuclear plants would be particularly impacted by a cooling tower mandate.

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