New York power supply will be capable of meeting summer demand

The New York Independent System Operator has reported the state’s grid will have an adequate power supply to meet the state’s demands this summer, according to a statement release issued by the operator.

The NYISO forecasts the summer peak demand in the state will reach 33,279 MW, which is 840 MW more than the 2012 summer peak of 32,439. If extreme summer weather produces heat waves, peak demand in the state could increase to around 35,770 MW, which would be higher than the previous peak record of 33,939 MW recorded on Aug. 2, 2006.

According to NYISO, the total available capacity in the state for the summer is expected to be 41,452 MW, which includes 37,925 MW of existing in-state generation, 1,558 MW of demand response resources and 1,969 MW of import capability that could be used to supply energy from neighboring regions to New York. The standard of adequacy requires 38,936 MW be available, which is a reserve margin of 17 percent more than the summer peak demand forecast.

The total resources for 2013 are about 2,220 MW below the capacity available in 2012, with the largest factor in the decline being the retirement of power plants with nearly 1,700 MW of summer generating capacity.

The NYISO noted that the total capacity is available for the entire state, but transmission constraints narrow the margins of supply for downstate region.

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