Electric grid reliability

High Summer Heat Means ⅔ of North America at Risk of Energy Shortfalls

If temperatures spike this summer, parts of the United States could face electricity supply shortages as demand for cooling increases, according to analysis by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). The latest summer reliability report from NERC warns that two-thirds of North America is at risk of energy shortfalls … [continued]

German Grid Reaches Record Reliability in 2011 Thanks to Renewables

Germany’s electric grid recently set a personal record with a downtime of only 15.31 minutes in 2011, that’s significantly lower than the already impressive 17.44 minutes of downtime that occurred during the time period from 2006 the 2010. This basically crushes the common myth that renewable energy hurts grid reliability — it actually seems to have the opposite effect. […]