Skip to comments.NERC 2004 Assessment:...Adequate if New Generating Facilities are Built(Homer Simpson D'oh-Award)
Posted on 09/12/2004 4:17:44 PM PDT by Robert357
The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) has issued its 2004 Long-Term Reliability Assessment. The report assesses long-term electricity supply and demand and transmission reliability through 2013, and discusses key issues and trends affecting the reliability of future electric supply and transmission systems.
Resource adequacy is expected to be satisfactory throughout North America, provided new generating facilities are constructed as anticipated and NERC reliability rules are followed, said Michehl R. Gent, NERC president and CEO. NERC and the electric industry have taken significant steps to improve the reliability of the electric system since the Aug. 14 blackout, and we are confident that we have a stronger system today and going forward than we did last summer he added.
According to the report, electricity demand is expected to grow by about 69,000 MW over the next five years. Projected resource additions over this same period total about 67,300 MW, depending upon the number of merchant plants assumed to be in service. Resource adequacy in the longer term is more uncertain, but is expected to be satisfactory if current trends continue.
More than 10,275 miles of new transmission are proposed to be added over the 20042013 timeframe. This represents a 4.9% increase in the total amount of installed transmission in North America over the assessment period. Although the transmission system is expected to operate reliably throughout North America, some portions of the grid will not be able to support all desired electricity market transactions. Some well-known transmission constraints are recurring, while new constraints appear as electricity flow patterns change. Reliability coordinators, transmission planners, and system operators will need to regularly communicate and coordinate their actions to preserve the reliability of the bulk electric transmission system.
Most NERC regions do not anticipate any problems with fuel supplies for the assessment period. However, the industrys growing dependence upon natural gas as a primary fuel for new power plants is noted as an emerging area of concern. The ten-year assessment is available at: www.nerc.com/~filez/rasreports.html.
Link to NERC website
Less new generation will be added than the size of the load growth, so the US will be closer to the edge of blackouts.
I will sleep much better tonight know this.(/sarcasm)
Thought I would take your mind off of CBS for a while.
Actually if you dig in you will see that generally capacity reserve margins are remaining constant to dropping in most regions over the forecast period (i.e. we are not making headway in replacing old outmoded power plants built in the late 1970s) and that the nation will be opperating close to the limits of its transmission capacity.
It is time for a real national energy policy that addresses who we will get the electricity we need.
Lots of people in Central Florida are still without power from hurricane Frances. Californians should try it for a few days; It would be good training.
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