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July 15, 2024

Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC)

Grid United
Study: Significant Benefits for Merchant Tx Line
High-voltage transmission developer Grid United says its proposed North Plains Connector would provide significant reliability capacity benefits to interregional transmission, according to a study.
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.

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WestTEC Transmission Effort Selects Stakeholder Committee

Western Power Pool has announced the 24 members of a stakeholder group that will participate in the West-wide transmission planning effort.

WestTEC
Group Looks to Create ‘Actionable’ West-wide Transmission Plan
Backers of the recently formed Western Transmission Expansion Coalition want to fill a void in the Western Interconnection by producing an “actionable” interregional transmission study.
Shutterstock
SERC, Duke Agree to $40K Penalty for Reliability Violations
FERC approved a $40,000 penalty against multiple Duke Energy facilities for violations of NERC reliability standards.
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.
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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