Later, 10:03 p.m. CT: wow, wow, wow, see original post. Just after posting this, Don sent me this link from Reuters:
The only nuclear plant in Massachusetts was shut just after 2 p.m. because of the failure of a line that connects the reactor to the power grid. Entergy Corp, which operates the Pilgrim Station, said it had not identified the cause of the line problem. ISO New England, which operates the region’s power grid, attributed the shutdown to blizzard conditions. The company did not say when the station would restart.The article says the nuclear plant was shut down just after 2 p.m. today; in fact, the grid suggests electricity from that plant was lost four hours earlier.
As of 8:00 p.m. tonight, according to the grid data, it appears that the nuclear plant is not yet providing energy to the region. Again, a huge reminder, if interested in following the "energy story" for this winter storm, follow ISO New England.
Much, much more at the link. A huge "thank you" to Don and to the individual who sent me the original note (see below).
FWIW ... Today, a phenomenal record was set for intraday spot price gas trading.
At $175 mmbtu at Transco Zone 6 (New York City), this price shattered the previous high of $125 mmbtu set at the height of the 2014 Polar Vortex.
Also this:If the next 3 day frigid forecast comes to pass, we may witness a disaster up there.
Looks like nuclear generation dropped at 10:00 AM today (see graphic below).
Seems to be about the amount the 700 Mw Pilgrim plant puts out.
This nuclear plant is located on the coast where record high tides are happening.
Just more issues for those folks to deal with.