September 22, 2010
Rensselaer, NY - The Board of Directors of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has approved the 2010 Reliability Needs Assessment (RNA), a review of the reliability of the New York bulk power system over the next 10 years.
The 2010 RNA reports that New York State's electric power resources (generation, transmission and demand-side programs) are expected to meet the state's electricity reliability needs through 2020, assuming energy efficiency programs and planned resource additions proceed as anticipated and no significant facilities are retired from service.
"Despite the 2010 RNA's finding that we can reasonably expect a reliable supply of electric energy for the foreseeable future, New York faces potential challenges including the need to carefully balance environmental policy objectives with the reliability requirements of the electric system," said Stephen G. Whitley, NYISO president & CEO.
The 2010 RNA looked at several risk scenarios that could adversely impact electric system reliability, including the following:
The 2010 RNA also reviewed a scenario that indicates that full and effective implementation of New York State's 45x15 Clean Energy Strategy (a 15 percent reduction in electricity demand and supply of 30 percent of New York's electricity from renewable resources) would improve the adequacy of system resources.
The previous RNA, issued in January 2009, also identified no reliability needs. Since that analysis, New York has seen growth in projected generation and demand response resources while the economic recession and energy efficiency programs have lowered forecasted demand for electricity.
With the finding of no reliability needs, no request for reliability solutions will be issued this year. However, the NYISO will continue to monitor all developments that have the potential to impact reliability.
The 2010 RNA was developed within the NYISO's stakeholder process, which provides input from regulators and market participants who supply, use, transmit and trade energy in New York's wholesale electricity markets.
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