Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Texas Power: Slim Reserves Getting Slimmer

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation released its latest “Summer Reliability Assessment”.

It says while most of the nation has adequate reserves of electric power to make it through the summer, Texas may not.

“Given the expected reserve margin in the ERCOT Region for the 2012 summer season (below the minimum Reference Margin Level), unavailability of one or more large thermal generators due to the compliance requirements of the CSAPR or, in fact, for any reason (such as an extended maintenance outage), would increase the risk of emergency conditions during 2012 summer peak load hours, and could necessitate rotating outages in the event of extreme heat or significant other generation unit outages.”

Read full report here.


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