By Glen Andersen

Do the rapid changes we are seeing in energy resources pose a threat to the stability and reliability of our electric grid? What risks do extreme weather events, such as the Polar Vortex, pose to our ability to heat and cool our homes, or run our businesses, during these critical times?

Power LinesFind out by joining NCSL at 3 pm EDT on Thursday, April 17, for the webinar Reliability, Risk and Energy Diversity.

The retirement of coal power plants, growth of natural gas, rising renewable energy production and the threat of nuclear plant retirement have created an environment that may pose a risk to a reliable electric grid. The cold of last winter’s polar vortex placed great strain on the grid in much of the midwestern and northeastern U.S., bringing some to question whether the current mix, combined with existing infrastructure and market design, will make it more difficult to keep the lights on during severe weather or other events that may challenge the grid.

During this webinar,  presenters, including FERC Commissioner Tony Clark, will discuss risks of the rapidly changing energy mix and efforts to address these risks. Representatives from organizations that manage the grid—PJM Interconnection and ISO-New England—will explore how the polar vortex  severely challenged some regions, discuss risks to the system caused by rapidly changing generation, and present variety of solutions.

Register for the webinar here.

Glen Andersen is a program director, in NCSL's Environment, Energy and Transportation Program.

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