Extreme winter weather and unusually frigid temperatures took a toll on power generation across the nation this week.
At the River Bend Nuclear Station in Louisiana, Entergy reported a water spill on their grounds due to a freezing valve in 19° F weather. Crews immediately confined the spill and the leak was reduced to a small drip with continuing repairs. There was no gamma activity detectable within the water.
PJM Interconnection, which serves as the power grid agency for many mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states, reported nearly 21 percent of their total generating capacity was offline at one point due to the sub-freezing temperatures. Extremely high electricity demand, weather-related mechanical failures, and natural gas supply problems required operators to continually shut down plants, make adjustments, and return them to service as quickly as possible. PJM Interconnection expects demand to ease as the weather returns to normal seasonal temperatures.
Written by: Absolute Consulting