January NYISO coal/oil generation shot up 202% on extreme cold
Coal/oil generation in the New York Independent System Operator footprint shot up 202.4% year on year in January, as nuclear generation remained the lead fuel source with a 16.2% year-on-year increase, according to ISO data.
Total coal/oil generation averaged 9,748 MWh/d in January, compared with a two-year average of 3,182 MWh/d. Despite the large jump in January generation, coal/oil only accounted for 2% of the overall NYISO fuel mix for the month.
Nuclear generation remained the lead fuel source at 34% of the NYISO fuel mix for January. Nuclear generation averaged 131,175 MWh/d, up 10% from December.
Dual fuel generation averaged 85,742 MWh/d in January, a jump of 30.5% from last January and up 20.4% from December, to make up 21% of the overall generation mix.
Total hydro generation averaged 74,372 MWh/d for January, down 2.2% year on year and down 9% month on month. Hydro generation accounted for 19% of the NYISO fuel mix, down 3 percentage points.
Natural gas-fired generation averaged 69,998 MWh/d in January, up 8.4% from last January. It accounted for 18% of the overall NYISO fuel mix for the month.
Wind-power generation averaged 16,564 MWh/d, 28.5% higher than January 2017 and up 27.3% from December. Wind generation was 4% of the overall fuel mix in January.