I added a post under the EnergyPulse article The Power Will Be There But Will It Get to Market?, by Michael Morrison, National Energy and Infrastructure Industry Group Manager, Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP, and David McFadden, Chair, National Energy and Infrastructure Industry Group, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. The post says the following:
The authors have presented a very clear article on the key infrastructure of an intermediate and but unstable reform, where generation has center stage and where transmission follows the generation mix. The purpose of the development of an Integrated Power System Plan is to reverse the situation, to have the generation mix follow transmission. Such reform is clearly an afterthought.
Under electricity without price controls (EWPC), an important design requirement is for the transportation (T&D) to be the key infrastructure that takes precedence to the generation mix. System adequacy comes from a new paradigm where transportation takes center stage and performs physical risk management to avoid systemic risk. As customers’ quality and reliability requirements increase, transportation from far locations becomes relatively more risky and thus more expensive than from closer locations. As renewable power is also distributed, distribution requirements become as important as transmission requirements, since the development of the resources on the demand side should compete with the development of the resources on the supply side.
At the center of a generative dialogue is something similar to an Integrated Resources Power System Plan. As customers become active participants of the power system, and demand forecasts are no longer useful, the old assumptions of supply side system development should be complemented with the development of the resources on the demand side. Please join the generative dialogue that has started under the articles AMI Services Solutions for Alberta's Deregulated Market and TXU Displacing Older Generation With Advanced Technologies.