Today’s LiveWire Spotlight inspects NERC’s 2020 Long-Term Reliability Assessment; their latest ten-year planning study addressing Bulk Power System reliability, adequacy, and security.  The document offers findings related to resource adequacy, energy shortages driven by increased renewables penetration, and the impact of the pandemic as economic damage may not quickly be restored to 2019 levels.

NERC’s 2020 Long-Term Reliability Assessment is necessarily conservative and does not account for breakthroughs that radically improve the BPS risk profile.  Economical battery storage that offsets renewable variability may just be that game-changing innovation.