Undaunted Courage -Friday, September 13, 2019
The Pacific Northwest has historically had excess capacity. When your used to something, it’s easy to take it for granted – like youth and health. You don’t do the things that might be necessary to take care of yourself going forward – like establishing a market or a regional capacity obligation – because its hard and doesn’t really seem necessary. Now, that lack of foresight has the alarm bells ringing. With renewable mandates throughout much of the region coupled with retirements of legacy generation, that comfortable excess capacity is quickly becoming a luxury of the past. The mind is focused. But what to do?