Tuesday, June 11, 2013

NERC Says Don't Be Like Texas Where The Lights May Go Out This Summer

Another summer is coming, and Texas is a lonely star.  Texas stands alone as the only place in the country where the electricity generation reserve margin is below reliability requirements.  See page 7:

To make matters worse, Texas has chronically had too little generation to insure its families and business that their lights will stay on.  Those of you in Texas that might be getting a little tired of having the lights go out are welcome in Pennsylvania!

The North American Electricity Reliability Corporation (NERC) reports that PJM, of which Pennsylvania is part, has a 29% reserve margin this year, when the requirement is 15%.  We know how to build power plants here and operate demand response programs too.  Just saying.

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