NERC warns of tough summer
- May 28, 2021 4:31 pm GMT
A couple weeks ago, California’s grid operator, CAISO, issued an ominous announcement. According to their own assessment, California was only slightly better prepared for Summer 2021 than it had been for Summer 2020. The state’s cruddy preparedness can’t be simply chalked up to negligence: The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) had, afterall, done exactly what most industry commentators had suggested. They’d directed utilities operating in the state to contract extra capacity from existing power plants in February, and again issued a similar decision in March.
Yesterday, more bad news came rolling in—and not just for California. the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) announced that California, Texas, New England, and swaths of the midwest all face an elevated risk of energy crisis this summer. The findings are explained in detail in the agency’s 2021 Summer Reliability Assessment.
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