"There has never been a time, post World War II, with more excitement, challenges, and opportunities to enhance and reshape the United States' electricity infrastructure to meet the challenges and the needs of future years. But the action has to start now for the challenges to be overcome and the threats to become opportunities. The EAC offers this report in the spirit of helping DOE overcome these challenges and seize the opportunities. This report includes an overview of the current bulk electricity system, followed by an exploration of the trends and drivers, barriers, and key considerations of demand-side resources, transmission adequacy, and generation adequacy. The Committee believes that the historical assessment of electricity supply adequacy, based on a planned demand/resource balance, is inadequate for ensuring future reliable and cost-effective electricity service. The EAC's recommendations are included at the end of this executive summary, preceded by a synopsis of the findings on demand-side resources, transmission adequacy, and generation adequacy."
Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability: http://www.oe.energy.gov/