The Northeast Power Coordinating Council Reports: Annual Assessment Forecasts Adequate Electricity Supplies for this Summer
- posted on May 15, 2018
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(Assessment covers the City and
The overall NPCC forecast for electricity peak demand has decreased by about 1,100 MW from last year’s forecast to 104,137 MW. This continues a multi-year trend of declining forecast demand due to energy efficiency and conservation initiatives along with continued increase of “behind-the-meter” photovoltaic resources in
Since last summer, NPCC’s installed net capacity has increased by approximately 3,000 MW to 161,307 MW. “About two-thirds of the new capacity consists of natural gas-fired generation primarily with dual-fuel capability located in
“Over the past several years, the combination of reductions in expected peak demand, increased resource capacity and transmission system improvements has made the NPCC system more reliable,” added Schwerdt.
The assessment considered an array of severe system conditions including the impact of: 1) extended maintenance; 2) reductions in demand-response programs; 3) reductions in the ability to import power from neighboring Regions; 4) transmission constraints; and 5) extreme weather characterized by wide-spread and prolonged heat waves with high humidity and temperatures.
Established operating procedures are available, if needed, to maintain reliability for the unlikely simultaneous occurrence of severe system and extreme weather conditions.
A summary of the NPCC 2018 Summer Reliability Assessment is available at: www.npcc.org on the Home Page under the “Latest News” header.
The NPCC geographic region includes the
One of NPCC’s responsibilities is to coordinate international electric power grid reliability for