Analyses and tabulation of heat rates, unit commitment generator constraint parameter values and emissions estimates of the electricity generators of power plants in Texas




Vaid, Paras

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This work analyzes and tabulates heat rates, unit commitment generator constraint parameters, and emission estimates for electricity generators within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) grid. The heat rate is the amount of fuel required to generate one unit of electricity. It is a measure of the efficiency of a generator. The thesis describes the method(s) for determining heat rate values, using the heat input to the generator and the net generation of power and, in some cases, heat. The heat rate results developed in this work are compared to earlier datasets. This work also develops and quality assures emission rate estimates for oxides of nitrogen (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO₂) and carbon dioxide (CO₂) that have been derived from sources such as the Emissions and Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID)


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