Potential Reliability Impacts of EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan – Phase I

North American Electric Reliability Corp.

[From an Energy Wire article by Peter Behr, sub. req’d]  The North American Electric Reliability Corp., the grid’s federally designated operations monitor, stated again that the power industry needs more time to develop coordinated plans to meet requirements of U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, particularly the initial requirements for reduced power plant carbon emissions in 2020.

“We’re at a point where we’re looking out approximately four years to implementation [of the EPA plan as proposed],” said John Moura, NERC’s director of reliability assessments. NERC hasn’t concluded that the plan will cause blackouts, he said, but neither can it conclude that the lights will stay on if the plan is imposed…

“There is so much uncertainty in the short-term horizon,” he added. “The industry is not used to having that uncertainty…”


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