Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the 2017 Long-Term Reliability Assessment, the latest 10-year planning study produced by NERC’s Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis team.  It offers key findings related to reserve margins, renewables transition, the changing resource mix, and transmission line deployments that could substantially change the way Bulk Power System planning and operations are managed in the long-term.

Over the next decade, advances in natural-gas extraction techniques, PV solar panels, battery storage, and synthetic inertia should further enhance the viability of clean energy resources.  The challenge will be to minimize learning curve outages during the transition.