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June 14, 2024

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WECC
WECC Flags Hydro in BC, SW Heat as Potential Summer Concerns
Extreme heat in the Desert Southwest and low hydro in the Northwest could pose reliability problems for the Western Interconnection this summer, although the region doesn’t face an alarming risk for grid emergencies, WECC officials said.
NOAA
Calif. Officials ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ on Summer Reliability

State energy officials are “cautiously optimistic” about maintaining grid reliability during the upcoming summer, with California poised to benefit from above-normal snowpack and precipitation coupled with the probability of mild conditions in its coastal regions.

FEMA
Ariz. Looks to Public Safety Power Shutoffs to Prevent Wildfires
Arizona Public Service is prepared to implement public safety power shutoffs, and another utility in the state is laying the groundwork to use the wildfire prevention technique.
NERC
NERC Board May Force Action on Cold Weather Standard

If NERC’s latest proposed cold weather standard fails another ballot round, the ERO’s Board of Trustees may have to take matters into its own hands, Chair Ken DeFontes warned at the board’s quarterly meeting.

Babcock Ranch
NERC Troubled by Responses to IBR Alert
Responses to NERC's Level 2 alert indicate widespread issues with performance of inverter-based resources.
San Jose Police Department
California Man Arraigned for Substation Bomb Attacks
Peter Karasev pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges of damaging power substations.
Vantage Data Centers
EVs, Data Centers to Fuel Load Growth, Forecasting Challenges

EVs and data centers are expected to be major contributors to load growth, but each has unique challenges when it comes to load forecasting, speakers said during a WECC webinar.

NERC
FERC Approves ERO 2024 Budgets
FERC OK'd the 2024 business plans and budgets for the ERO, though Commissioner James Danly called for “a significant improvement in … speed and agility.”  
NERC
NERC: Battery Facilities Also Vulnerable to Inverter Faults
A new report from NERC and WECC details issues experienced with inverters at battery facilities in California last year.
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WECC Board of Directors Briefs: Sept. 14, 2023
WECC’s two-day annual member meeting featured an election to fill the board’s two top spots.

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