Southwest Power Pool, the Little Rock power grid operator for a 15-state region of middle America, is predicting it will have enough power generation capacity to meet summer peak demand this year.
The staff of the not-forprofit regional transmission organization discussed this summer's needs at its 2023 Summer Seasonal Assessment on May 18.
The grid operator and market overseer holds the assessment each year to anticipate and mitigate threats during the hot days of June to September. The analysis weighs past power use, predicts summer demand and factors in weather forecasts, wind power availability and possible generation and transmission breakdowns.
SPP anticipates normal conditions through the RTO's footprint and computes a 99.5% probability that it will be able to meet peak demand. It found a 95% likelihood that it will meet peak loads even if electricity use surpasses forecasts by 5%.
"If extreme weather, unexpected outages or other circumstances affect the region, SPP has systems, tools and procedures ready to mitigate risks and maintain electric reliability," the organization said in a news release.