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Nov 17, 2022

NRECA’s Matheson: NERC Winter Reliability Assessment ‘Clear and Constant Warning’ to Policymakers

Source: NRECA

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Nov 17, 2022

FERC Proposes IBR Standards, Registration to Improve Grid

FERC took several actions today focused on inverter-based resources (IBRs), including proposing that new mandatory standards be developed to enhance the reliability of the bulk electric system.

Source: FERC.gov

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Nov 17, 2022

NERC 2022-2023 Winter Assessment

NERC’s 2022-2023 Winter Reliability Assessment warns that a large portion of the North American bulk power system is at risk of having insufficient energy supplies during severe winter weather. NERC advises industry to be ready to implement operating plans to manage potential supply shortfalls and to ensure fuel supplies are secured, and generators and natural gas facilities are weatherized.

Source: NERC.com

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Nov 7, 2022

Western Assessment of Resource Adequacy

The Western Assessment of Resource Adequacy (Western Assessment) examines resource adequacy through an energy-based probabilistic approach, looking broadly across the entire Western Interconnection and more specifically within each of five subregions over the next 10 years. This analysis

Source: wecc.org

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Oct 25, 2022

2022-2023 Winter Reliability Assessment

A staff report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that provides an outlook for energy markets and electric reliability, focusing on the period of December 2022 through February 2023.

Source: FERC.gov

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Aug 31, 2022

California asks residents not to charge electric vehicles, days after announcing gas car ban

With California’s power grid under strain due to extreme heat and high demand, the utility grid operator is asking residents to avoid charging their electric vehicles. This comes days after the state announced a plan to ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035.

Source: mystateline.com

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Aug 17, 2022

Governors Express Concerns over EPA's Good Neighbor Plan

Several governors from states whose electric utilities participate in Southwest Power Pool (SPP) have expressed concerns over the U.S. EPA's "Good Neighbor" Plan and the impact it might have on both utilities and ratepayers. Governors have argued these efforts will impose additional threats to the reliable and affordable delivery of electricity.

Source: South Dakota Governor, Kristi Noem

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May 18, 2022

NERC Announces "Extreme Weather Heightens Reliability Risks this Summer."

NERC's 2022 Summer Reliability Assessment warns that several parts of North America are at elevated or high risk of energy shortfalls this summer due to predicted above-normal temperatures and drought conditions over the western half of the United States and Canada. These above-average seasonal temperatures contribute to high peak demands as well as potential increases in forced outages for generation and some bulk power system equipment. 

Source: NERC Public Announcement

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May 17, 2022

Grid Operators Release Mixed Reports to Meet Summer Electricity Demand

Regional transmission organizations operating in Arkansas recently released projections for electricity generation this summer, and one expects insufficient resources to cover peak demand.

Source: Talk Business & Politics

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May 08, 2022

Electricity Shortage Warnings Grow Across U.S.

Power-grid operators caution that electricity supplies aren’t keeping up with demand amid the transition to cleaner forms of energy.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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Apr 29, 2022

MISO Heads Into Summer with Insufficient Generation

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is projecting a 5 GW shortfall in firm generation to meet the projected demand this summer, and it is working with member companies to prepare for the worst-case scenarios.

Source: Utility Dive

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Feb 10, 2022

NERC Focused on the Future, Enhancements to Stay Ahead of Urgent Risks

Given the complexities of the rapidly changing grid, NERC continues to place focus on enhancing its processes to ensure timely risk mitigation to the changing industry ecosystem.

Source: NERC Public Accouncement

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