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Forecast For Adequate Summer Electric Power In Region

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Electric Meters (Riswan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)

Electric Meters (Riswan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)

By STEPHEN SINGER

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The northeastern United States and several Canadian provinces should have sufficient electrical power this summer due to more generating capacity and the slow economic recovery that is reducing demand, according to a group that promotes power reliability.

The Northeast Power Coordinating Council, which serves New England’s six states, New York state, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec, said Wednesday it analyzed assumptions such as extreme weather conditions like prolonged heat waves with near-record temperatures, unexpected plant outages, transmission limits and response to demand.
It said that only if all conditions occurred at the same time, which the power group said would be unusual, would it be necessary to put in place procedures and programs to make sure electricity keeps up with demand.
The NPCC said more than 1,100 megawatts of additional power since last summer are expected to add to capacity.

Edward Schwerdt, president and chief executive of NPCC, said the increase in generating capacity and lower demand forecast provide for a “more than adequate supply of electricity” this summer.

NPCC forecasts that peak demand for the region will be 1.3 percent lower than the forecast for last summer due to the economic recovery it calls slower than anticipated and conservation and efficiency in appliances and other equipment.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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