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Four factors could lead to further shockwaves.
Fortnightly Magazine - October 1 2003
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Four factors could lead to further shockwaves.

 

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The Northeast transmission grid has suffered a right cross to the jaw, but it could be followed by an uppercut of price spikes and volatility in generation markets by next summer.

In the wake of August's Northeast blackout, most experts agree that the transmission system in the Northeast has deficiencies.

At a minimum, the grid's collapse highlights a strong interdependence between operation of the electric systems in Ohio, New York, and Ontario. Platts Research & Consulting (PR&C) believes that by next summer this interdependent region could experience generation supply shocks similar to those experienced in California in 2000. Coupled with a barely adequate transmission grid, these shocks would represent a serious test of the restructured electricity markets. Four factors drive this concern. Individually the consequences of these factors are limited, but taken together they could add up to the Northeast's "perfect storm."

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