The State of Summer 2021 Resource Adequacy in the West
- Jul 15, 2021 7:01 pm GMT
The August 2020 Heat Wave event and loss of load in California occurred just six months before a cold snap plunged the West, from Washington to Texas, into deep snows, stinging cold, and widespread power outages. The Pacific Northwest weathered another heat dome last month, and questions abound about what will happen in August and September regarding the ongoing drought, the competition for water resources, and potential hydrogeneration problems.
Cooling degree days (CDDs) are a way of measuring the magnitude of temperatures hot enough to warrant turning on air conditioners. CDDs continue to rise across the Western Interconnection, along with the risk of prolonged heat waves, warmer and wider than the historical averages. Under the umbrella of increasing rates and widening breadths of extreme, record-breaking weather-related events impacting the bulk electric system, the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) as part of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s annual Summer Reliability Assessment, evaluated a probable range of possible risks to the West’s expected summer reliability.
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