Reserve Margins Down in Some Areas; Integrated Analysis Shows Impact of Environmental Regulations on Planning Decisions, Retrofits

WASHINGTON, DC – A decrease in projected generation resources leads to declining planning reserve margins in some areas; however, a majority of areas appear to have adequate resource plans to meet projected peak demands over the next ten years, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) 2011 Long-Term Reliability Assessment finds. The annual long-term reliability assessment provides an independent, ten-year view of the electric industry by evaluating key reliability indicators, including peak demand, energy forecasts, resource adequacy, transmission development, changes in overall system characteristics and operating behavior, and other issues that may impact the reliability of the bulk power system.
Posted On: 11/28/2011