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ASME STS - Thursday, May 18th, 2017 - "The Baseload Power Predicament"
The Forest Club
Houston, TX
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ASME STS - Thursday, May 18th, 2017 - "The Baseload Power Predicament"
Sonal Patel
Associate Editor, POWER Magazine
Houston, TX


Baseload power from coal-fired and nuclear generators are exiting wholesale power markets across the country, owing primarily to low natural gas prices, regulatory concerns, capital costs, transmission woes, and a general influx of renewables. This trend shows no signs of abating. Natural gasfired plants are also now at risk of closure. Reliability concerns have spurred legislative and regulatory measures in New York and Illinois, and potential actions are brewing in a number of other states. This presentation will provide an overview of the baseload exit trend, its implications for reliability, and discuss what lies ahead.


Sonal Patel is an associate editor for POWER magazine, a 135-year-old publication for power generation professionals worldwide. She covers U.S. and international technology and business trends and has a keen interest in energy and environmental policy, regulation, and markets. She received a national Azbee Award of Excellence in 2011 for a POWER series analyzing energy transitions around the world and was a Jesse H. Neal Award finalist for specialized journalism in 2014.  She earned her bachelors degree in Journalism from the University of Houston.

ASME meetings are open to all. Membership is encouraged but not required to attend. Professional Development Hour (PDH) certificates will be available to participants at the conclusion of the event.



The Forest Club (View)
9950 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024
United States

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Education > Business
Other > Political
Other > Technology

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: ASME South Texas Section
On BPT Since: Dec 16, 2009
George Rissky

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