Reliability Goal of a Renewable-Dependent Electricity System

Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

In early September 2021 I wrote an article, “Reliability Challenges in Meeting New York’s Climate Act Requirements”, that described a presentation made by the New York State Reliability Council (NYSRC) to the New York Climate Action Council. In this post I describe a recent paper that analyzes synoptic-scale extreme reductions in wind and solar power energy resources that I think raises an important reliability question: when New York relies on fragile intermittent wind and solar energy resources is the current New York reliability goal to prevent a loss of load event due to resource adequacy of no more than once per ten years still appropriate.

I have written extensively on implementation of the CLCPA because I believe the solutions proposed will adversely affect reliability and affordability, will have worse impacts on the environment than the purported effects of climate change, and cannot measurably affect global warming

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