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Nuclear Power Plants, Reactive Power, and FERC: a summary of work performed during a summer internship at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Paul Hines

Abstract
In the last few years several Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) studies have argued that increasing transmission system stress has increased the frequency with which Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) disconnect from the transmission network. This problem is important for two reasons: when a nuclear power plant loses its connections to the transmission network the risk of a dangerous failure increases significantly, and secondly the loss of a large power plant can have a destabilizing effect on the grid. In this talk I plan to discuss (in necessarily general terms) some related research from my summer working with the FERC reliability group, and pass on some observations about the structure and operation of FERC.