2015 Long-Term Reliability Assessment

North American Electric Reliability Corp.

Falling planning reserves, the rapidly changing resource mix, environmental regulations and increased levels of distributed energy resources are among the most significant reliability challenges for the long-term planning and operation of the bulk power system, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s 10-year assessment finds. The 2015 Long-Term Reliability Assessment provides a forward-looking, independent North American perspective of the resource adequacy needed to maintain reliability over the next decade.

NERC examines key indicators of resource adequacy for the planning period, including demand forecasts, expected resources and transmission additions. For the first time, NERC also includes recommendations for measures to examine levels of essential reliability services needed to maintain reliability while integrating new wind, solar and other variable energy resources.


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