Recommendation 12: The Relationship between Competitive Power Markets and Grid Reliability

Recommendation 12: The Relationship between Competitive Power Markets and Grid Reliability

TitleRecommendation 12: The Relationship between Competitive Power Markets and Grid Reliability
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2006
Subsidiary AuthorsJoseph H Eto
Corporate AuthorsU.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force, U.S. Department Energy
Series TitleU.S-Canada Power System Outage Task Force
Date Published07/2006
InstitutionU.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force
Keywordstransmission system reliability
Abstract

The U.S. – Canada Power System Outage Task Force concluded that restructuring was not a cause of the August 14, 2003 blackout. However, the Task Force did determine that it was appropriate to explore the concerns raised by those who identify restructuring as a contributing factor. To this end, the Task Force Final Report includes Recommendation #12: The U.S. Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada should commission an independent study of the relationships among industry restructuring, competition in power markets, and grid reliability, and how those relationships should be managed to best serve the public interest.1 The U.S. Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada have fulfilled the Task Force’s directive by: 1) inviting ten issue papers, prepared independently, by industry leaders and technical experts to delineate and critically assess the potential impacts of competition on reliability and to recommend appropriate next steps to address these impacts and 2) seeking public comment through presentation and discussion of these papers.