NERC’s Summer Reliability Assessment finds ample resources available
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) recently released its 2017 Summer
Reliability Assessment, which found that all areas of the United States have enough resources to meet expected peak electricity demands for this summer.
Anticipated reserve margins, the amount of projected unused electric generating capacity at the time of
peak load, range from just under 15 percent in New England to nearly 29 percent in New York.
Reference margins are reserve margin targets based on an area’s load, generation capacity, and transmission characteristics. They are set by regulatory bodies, states, provinces and independent system operators,
which seek to achieve anticipated reserve margins that surpass their reference margins.
Every region except for the Independent System Operator for New England (ISO-NE) had an anticipated reserve margin that exceeded its reference margin. ISO-NE had an anticipated reserve margin of 14.0 percent, which is slightly lower than its 15.1 percent reference margin.
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