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Texas and California may face electricity generation challenges this summer

Low reserve margins and ramping issues may result in emergency alerts in Texas and storage withdrawals in California over the summer Low reserve margins and ramping issues may result in emergency alerts in Texas and storage withdrawals in California over the summer.
By Peter Stewart 19 June 2019 Americas / Pipelines, Storage & Power 0 34319
The Sutter power plant in California. (Capline)

The North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s (NERC’s) recent Summer Reliability Assessment has identified Texas and California as being vulnerable to summer electricity shortfalls, the United States Energy Information Administration said in a report on Tuesday.

The NERC report, issued on 31 May, said the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) would have an even lower reserve margin this summer than last year and that the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) faced ramping issues because of the prevalence of solar power...