Today’s report is further evidence that reliability of the system must be policymakers’ top priority.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | May 18, 2022
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WASHINGTON – The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), whose mission is to assure the effective and efficient reduction of risks to the reliability and security of the grid, today issued a report assessing power sufficiency risks this summer. The report found that the entire Western United States is at an “elevated” risk due to insufficient electricity reserves brought on by energy use related to continued drought conditions and extreme heat. Similarly, NERC judged much of the Midwest at high risk due to reduced capacity.
In response to NERC’s report, EPSA President and CEO Todd Snitchler issued the following statement:
“Today’s NERC announcement only reinforces the notion that reliability is the lynchpin to a successful energy transition. It isn’t something for Americans to be concerned about in the future; today’s report shows we need to be focused on reliability now. Policymakers and regulators cannot assume it away or take it for granted.
Extreme weather and increased demand due to electrification will only put further strain on a system intended to consistently and safely deliver power to America’s families and businesses. Thoughtful consideration must be given to reality-based strategies and related policies that seek to promote affordably reducing emissions while making reliability the top priority.”