US body calls for electricity reliability organisation

The US trade body last month urged US Congress to enact comprehensive energylegislation to help stimulate the development of a more robust US transmissiongrid in the wake of the August blackouts in the northeast US and Canada.

The EEI proposals support those of the North American Reliability Council (Nerc),which has been lobbying for five years for a federal mandate (see EPRM September2003, page 10). Nerc, set up in 1968 as a voluntary reliability organisation,says it needs compliance with its r