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Rising peak demand, 83 GW of planned retirements create blackout risks for most of US: NERC

Robert Walton of UtilityDive reports on blackout risk for the U.S. grid.

The C3 Take
  • The U.S. grid is expected to lose 83 gigawatts of fossil and nuclear generation over the next ten years all while demand is expected to grow.
  • If left unaddressed, this will lead to blackouts and rate hikes for consumers across the country.
  • Policymakers can reduce blackout risk by more effectively modernizing permitting to ensure that utility lines can be built and energy projects can be brought online.
  • At the same, the U.S. must streamline regulations to allow the market and consumers to pick energy winners and losers.

“A spokesperson for MISO said the grid operator ‘concurs with NERC’s key conclusions and recommendations,’ and is taking steps to address potential resource shortfalls. A new seasonal resource adequacy construct, changes to resource accreditation, development of a long-range transmission plan and adoption of a reliability-based demand curve will help, they said.”

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