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New Report on Maintaining Reliability While Integrating Green Power Resources

New Report on Maintaining Reliability While Integrating Green Power Resources

This post was written by attorney Roland Hall.

As the amount of wind and solar generation continues to increase, utilities are growing increasingly concerned about how to economically and efficiently maintain system reliability while integrating such variable energy resources.  Because of California’s high renewable portfolio target (33 percent by 2020), California has become the focus of studies and reports investigating how system operations will be affected by such a large mix of variable resources.  An interesting report addressing this topic was released earlier this month.  The report is a joint report by NERC (the North American Electric Reliability Association) and the California ISO (CAISO), which operates the transmission grid for most of California.  View the report by clicking here.    Read More »New Report on Maintaining Reliability While Integrating Green Power Resources

Pre-Sandy New Jersey Court Cites Potential Power Loss Due to Hurricanes

Many consumers in the northeastern states are without power due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.  Interestingly, a federal court in New Jersey heard ominous testimony last September concerning the potential impact of catastrophic hurricanes and other natural disasters on transmission assets.  In support of a New Jersey law designed to ensure reliable power, witnesses cited the potential impact of hurricanes, thunderstorms, forest fires, and other events that affect electric transmission. Read More »Pre-Sandy New Jersey Court Cites Potential Power Loss Due to Hurricanes