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Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates NERC’s latest seasonal assessment on BPS reliability. In it, the ERO finds that adequate resources exist in the North American electric system to meet expected 2014 demand – although electricity demand has remained flat due to persistently low growth in Gross National Product.

The pressure introduced by new reliability standards taking effect in 2014-2016 will add to that identified in NERC’s summer reliability assessment. This may drive the need for some form of regulatory relief if reserve margins continue to decline.