Grayson RECC Not Anticipating Issues Providing Power during the Solar Eclipse
With access to ample power resources in Kentucky and interconnections to the world’s largest power grid, Grayson Rural Electric and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives do not anticipate any issues serving members during Monday’s solar eclipse.
“Although the eclipse will reduce solar power generation nationwide, our cooperative system is served by diverse generating capacity of more than 3,100 megawatts of power produced from natural gas, coal, hydro and landfill gas in Kentucky,” said Carol Hall Fraley, President and CEO.
Grayson Rural Electric and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are also members of PJM, the world’s largest centrally dispatched grid.
PJM coordinates more than 176,000 MW of electric generation in 13 states and the District of Columbia, which provides Grayson RECC with competitively priced power, access to vast reserve capacity and a diverse power supply.
As the moon blocks the sun on the afternoon of Aug. 21, solar power generators will gradually lose and then regain their fuel source from about 1:30-3:40 p.m. (EDT). PJM expects a temporary reduction in solar power of up to 2,500 megawatts throughout its 13-state area. It will use its reserves for replacement generation.
“The eclipse is not expected to impact our ability to continue providing affordable, reliable power to our members on Aug. 21,” said Fraley.