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May 21, 2003

New York and Connecticut May Face Power Problems this Summer

Most of the United States should have adequate supplies of electricity this summer, according to the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), which released its 2003 Summer Assessment on May 15th. As it does each year, NERC examined the anticipated electric demand throughout North America and compared that to the generating and transmission resources needed to meet that demand. Due to a sluggish economy, NERC anticipates a summer peak demand only 1 percent greater than last year's peak. That small increase in demand, combined with a projected 4.5-percent increase in generating capacity, suggests that the continent will have sufficient generating capacity to meet its needs this summer. However, transmission constraints remain a concern, particularly in southwest Connecticut, New York City, and Long Island. The report specifically notes that any delays in repairing a cable that runs from Norwalk, Connecticut, to Northport, Long Island, could cause power reliability problems on Long Island. See the NERC report (PDF 395 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.