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    Electricity supplies expected to meet winter demand


    December 1, 2022 - The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y.

     

      Nov. 30—The New York Independent System Operator this week reported that electricity supplies in New York state are expected to be sufficient this winter to meet forecasted peak demand conditions, with a total of 43,184 megawatts of supply available, including imports from neighboring regions.

      "The New York State bulk electric system is well positioned to meet this winter's forecasted demand and maintain reliability throughout the season," said Aaron Markham, vice president of operations for the New York ISO in a media release. "However, as we have been highlighting for over a year, national and international economic conditions are contributing to a spike in consumer bills."

      "The NYISO operates the grid to meet reliability rules that are among the strictest in the nation. We are working closely with the New York utilities, regional partners, and generators to manage adequate fuel supplies and to maintain reliability throughout the winter," said Rich Dewey, president and CEO of the New York ISO.

      The NYISO forecasts that peak demand for winter 2022-23 will reach 23,893 MW, based on expected winter temperatures. The forecast represents an increase of 685 MW over last winter's actual peak demand of 23,235 MW, reached on Jan. 11. In addition to analyzing expected temperatures, the NYISO runs scenarios of more extreme cold weather that would increase demand for electricity. The NYISO's extreme winter weather scenario shows that peak demand could increase to as much as 26,086 MW and when coupled with expected availability of natural gas for power generation would result in a projected surplus of 1,620 MW, the release said.

      New York's all-time winter peak was set in January 2014, during multi-day polar vortex conditions that pushed demand to 25,738 MW. While the polar vortex of 2014 did not cause any bulk power system reliability issues, the NYISO "enhanced its market design to support greater fuel security for generation and took steps to improve situational awareness of natural gas system conditions and generator fuel inventories," the release said. "This combination of actions proved valuable in reliably meeting demand throughout the more recent severe cold snaps experienced in New York State."

      The NYISO is warning of a sharp rise in wholesale electricity prices expected this winter due to several economic and geopolitical factors that continue to impact the cost of natural gas used in the production of electricity.

      As part of its effort to prepare consumers and policymakers for this winter, the NYISO released an updated white paper in September that explores the cost drivers behind commodity increases of the past year and predicts further commodity cost increases this winter.

      The NYISO's report, Impact of National & Global Conditions on Electricity Prices in New York, sources and incorporates material from the EIA, the New York State Public Service Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor as well as Power Trends, the NYISO's annual state of the grid report. The white paper is designed to serve and educate consumers, the media, and market participants, and will be updated as conditions and data change, the release said.

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      Visit The Daily Star (Oneonta, N.Y.) at www.thedailystar.com

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