NERC issues 2001/2002 winter reliability assessment

November 20, 2001 – NERC has released its 2001/2002 Winter Assessment, projecting generating resources will meet projected electricity demand in North America.

“Generating resources will be adequate to meet projected electricity demand in North America during the 2001/2002 winter season,” says Michehl R. Gent, President and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC).

“Significant generation has been added in several NERC Regions and available capacity margins are expected to be equal to or greater than those projected for last winter in the majority of the NERC Regions.”

“Transmission systems in North America are also expected to perform reliably,” he added, “although some transmission congestion is expected during the course of the winter.”

According to the report, fuel supplies, inventories, and deliveries are expected to be adequate this winter. Natural gas storage facilities are currently at levels 20 percent greater than the same time last year.

The report notes that the Pacific Northwest remains under a severe drought condition that limits its ability to generate electricity from hydropower resources, although reductions in customer demand are sufficient to preclude the need for rotating blackouts.

California’s demand and resource situation has improved since last winter due to a combination of increased resources and reduced demand. California is expected to have adequate capacity margins throughout the winter.

For a copy of the 2001/2002 Winter Assessment, visit NERC’s web site at (http://www.nerc.com).

NERC’s web site also includes information on the electric industry’s electricity supply and delivery programs and activities.

NERC is a not-for-profit company formed as a result of the Northeast blackout in 1965 to promote the reliability of the bulk electric systems that serve North America. It works with all segments of the electric industry as well as customers to “keep the lights on” by developing and encouraging compliance with rules for the reliable operation of these systems.

NERC comprises ten Regional Reliability Councils that account for virtually all the electricity supplied in the United States, Canada, and a portion of Baja California Norte, Mexico.

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