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Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s 2014 Long-Term Reliability Assessment – their latest study on the long term reliability, adequacy, and security of the Bulk Power System. The report offers findings related to reserve margins, environmental regulations, and resource mix that are expected to substantially change the way the BPS planning and operations are executed.

In only five years, the resource mix of gas-fired generation has increased from 28% to 40%. Already there are reliability impacts unique to the technology – and renewables will introduce more challenges as their usage expands.