Remembering…the Polar Vortex of Dec17 thru Jan18

Posted on: March 1st, 2018 by rgadmin

USA temp map. Image credit: NOAA

It was cold, dark and who knew how expensive it would be!

Now we do. PJM is the system operator that controls when power plants run to maintain the electric grid between NJ to Northern Illinois. They reported the cost of the “uplift” or charges related to running power plants during this unusually high demand period. They were:

  • For the months of the polar vortex Dec 17/Jan18 the total was $70 million (the normal is $20 million)
  • During the worst day, the cost was $47 million (average charges are $4.3 million per day)

So, yes it was cold, yes it was dark and yes it was expensive.

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