The power supply will have to be carefully managed to ensure it remains adequate and reliable as we rely increasingly on sunshine and wind to power our homes and businesses.
Could the Northwest experience rolling blackouts? “Yes,” says John Fazio, senior power systems analyst. “And it almost happened in 2001.”
Council power division staff authored a paper on a methodology to determine what types of resources are most cost-effective with respect to maintaining adequacy; energy efficiency and demand response are more cost-effective than gas-fired plants for meeting peak demand.