Summer Reserve Margins Predicted to be Adequate in Most Regions; ERCOT Below Reserve Capacity Targets
 
WASHINGTON, DC -- Damaged electric distribution lines were the major cause of the widespread Northeastern customer outages during the October 2011 snowstorm, but utilities can apply lessons learned from the storm to improve performance and enhance reliability of their transmission lines in advance of the next storm, staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) said.
 
FERC and NERC issued a joint report on the transmission outages that focused on determining the causes of the transmission facility outages and on the steps utilities could take to improve their performance in maintaining grid reliability during the next large snowstorm or similar weather event. The purpose of the inquiry was not to investigate whether particular companies violated FERC-approved reliability standards or other applicable statutes and regulations.
 
Posted On: 05/30/2012