Analysis: SPP sees adequate summer reserve margin
Houston, 8 April (Argus) — The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) expects to have a healthy reserve margin of 32pc this summer, more than double the requirement.
Summer demand in the eight-state, coal-reliant area is forecast to peak at 50,529MW while capacity will total 63,605MW, SPP regional entity officials said in a draft summer resource assessment.
The region’s summer peak demand occurred on 2 August 2011, when power demand reached 54,949MW.
Load-serving members are required to maintain a 12pc capacity margin, which translates to a 13.6pc reserve margin.