At FERC’s May 17 open meeting, FERC’s Office of Enforcement and Office of Electric Reliability presented the Summer 2018 Energy Market and Reliability Assessment. The report provides a summary of the anticipated reliability challenges in the coming operating season and FERC Staff’s corresponding assessment of electric and natural gas markets headed into the summer months. According to FERC Staff’s analysis, the energy reliability and market conditions and trends going into this summer indicate that most regions appear prepared for the expected summer demand. FERC Staff identified hydro and natural gas availability in Southern California and total generating capacity in ERCOT as areas worthy of attention during the summer season.