Seasonal Outlook (2018 Summer)

Seasonal Outlook SERC is a summer-peaking region that covers approximately 308,900 square miles and serves a population estimated at 39.4 million. The region comprises five diverse reporting areas identified as SERC-East, SERC-Central, SERC-Southeast, SERC-PJM, SERC-MISO Central, and SERC-MISO South. This 2018 summer outlook provides a high-level overview of generation resources available to meet the projected summer peak demands in those reporting areas. Key Findings: • Projected generation capacity resources suggest that there are sufficient resources within the SERC footprint to meet the load for the summer season peak. • Although there are no expected operational challenges during the summer, entities are monitoring the rapid growth of solar generation and developing new operational plans to manage the possibility of excess generation during light loading periods. • The predictability of loop flows continues to present a challenge in various areas. To address the issues, entities participate within SERC’s and neighboring entities’ study efforts to identify and analyze generation that will be online.

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