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The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has released its summer reliability assessment. The assessment includes the continental United States, Canada, and a portion of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The report says that parts of the continent are at high risk of energy shortfalls in the coming months. It points to expected high temperatures and drought conditions in western North America, as well as facilities that have been taken off line and supply chain disruptions. Hot weather combines to increase cooling demand, strain equipment and, when combined with drought conditions, reduce hydropower capacity.