Nov. 18, 2002 — The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) released its 2002/2003 Winter Assessment recently, which reports that generating resources will meet customer needs throughout North America.

“Generating resources will be adequate to meet customer demands this winter throughout North America,” said Michehl R. Gent, NERC President and CEO. “We have not identified any significant areas of concern for the upcoming season and have determined that recently announced generation plant cancellations will not have an impact on the electricity supply outlook for this winter,” he added.

According to the assessment, significant amounts of new generating resources have been added in several NERC Regions since last winter, and as a result generating capacity margins are greater than those projected for last winter in most Regions.

The report also notes that peak demand in North America is projected to be 9.2 percent higher than last winter, although most of the increase is attributable to moderate temperatures experienced during the winter of 2001/2002.

The report finds that transmission systems are expected to perform reliably this winter, although some congestion may occur due to unforeseeable market activity. Fuel supplies are also expected to be adequate over the season. To download a copy of the 2002/2003 Winter Assessment, go to:

NERC is a not-for-profit company formed as a result of the Northeast blackout in 1965 to promote the reliability of the bulk electric systems that serve North America. NERC works with all segments of the electric industry as well as customers to “keep the lights on” by developing and encouraging compliance with rules for the reliable operation of these systems.

NERC’s membership comprises ten Regional Reliability Councils that account for virtually all of the electricity supplied in the United States, Canada, and a portion of Baja California Norte, Mexico.