1. Improved regional coordination and implementation of contingency planning exercises
2. Greater transparency in resource adequacy assessments
3. Re-evaluation of existing curtailment priorities
4. Revisiting of existing forecasting and execution practices
5. Further modification to the gas-electric day to minimise mismatch
Maintenance and investment in natural gas infrastructure, including supply, delivery, storage and generation was also identified as a key recommendation for implementation.
Pursuing a balanced portfolio of alternative mitigation strategies including investments in renewable generation and energy storage, demand response programs and dual-fuel generation capability.
And finally, securing buy-in at all levels of industry and government in order to garner the support necessary to move these changes forward was highlighted as being essential to the future reliability of power in the region.
We presented the study to utilities and electric councils leaders as well as several key agencies in charge of regulating electric system reliability in the United States. The study was also made available to the public.
While the risks have been identified, the project continues for WECC as they engage with other stakeholders in the area to effectively improve existing protocols and procedures and prepare the gas-electric interface for the future.
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Eric Eyberg, Vice President, Head of Americas Gas and LNG Consulting