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NPCC: Summer Demand for Power Lower, Supply Adequate

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NPCC Region will have an adequate supply of electricity this summer

According to the Northeast Power Coordinating Council's (NPCC) new summer reliability assessment, adequate power supplies are forecast for the New York, New England and Eastern Canadian power grids, including both Québec and Ontario.

To ensure adequate levels, the organization ran various scenarios to test system demands and performance capabilities, including extended maintenance periods and prolonged heat waves that consisted of high temperatures and humidity levels.

NPCC's President and CEO Edward Schwedt noted: "This is because improvements in energy efficiency, demand response programs and contributions from 'behind-the-meter' solar facilities have more than offset load growth associated with projected economic activity."

Improved energy transmission

In addition, energy transmission will be improved throughout New York and New England due to multiple transmission project completions. The organization also cited new wind and hydro projects in Ontario and Québec that have an increased net capacity of 2,700 MW as helping to improve power grid performance and the availability of electricity.

Forecasted electrical demands for Ontario, Québec, and the Canadian Maritime Provinces are also projected to be met by a wide margin.

One responsibility for the NPCC is international power grid supply and demand reliability coordination for the Northeastern area of North America, including between the United States and the Canadian Provinces of Ontario, Québec, and the Maritime Provinces of New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The total area of responsibility includes over 56 million people and an approximate 1.2 million square miles.

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.