February 2022, Vol. 249, No. 2

Features

Natural Gas-Fired Generators Used More in PJM Interconnection

Special to P&GJ  The rapid development of shale gas resources in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia has contributed to sustained low natural gas prices, and it has encouraged the construction of natural gas-fired power plants.    About one-third of the new natural gas-fired generating capacity built in the United States since 2010 is located in the PJM Interconnection (PJM), the grid operator for all or parts of 13 states in the mid-Atlantic region, including Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.    In 2020, the utilization rate, called capacity factor, of natural gas-fired combined-cycle (NGCC) units built from 2010 to 2020 in PJM was 71%,

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