Power Markets

By bcpaulos | For renewable energy to succeed, we must fix the way money flows in electricity markets.

One grid to rule them all

And in the darkness, bind them: The West’s bid for one big electric grid.

Energy

Center of the storm: PJM CEO Andy Ott on power market reforms for turbulent times

The PJM Interconnection, the nation's largest electricity market, is ground zero for many of the most dramatic changes rocking the power sector.<p>PJM …

The Jacobson debate: Distractions, detours and the Energy Transition

About six weeks ago, a think tank in London, Climate Policy Initiative, released a study on integrating high levels of renewable energy. It wasn’t …

Renewable Energy

Embracing baseload power retirements

A wave of coal and potential nuclear retirements has prompted extensive political controversy over the future of “baseload” power plants and the …

Energy

Mind the “storage” gap: how much flexibility do we need in a high renewables future?

Imagine for a moment that we have built enough wind and solar power plants to supply 100 percent of the electricity a region like California or …

Energy

The state of wholesale power markets: What's wrong with proposed changes in Eastern RTOs?

In part 2 of the series, Energy Innovation's Robbie Orvis and Eric Gimon critique proposals for capacity auction changes and carbon adders

Energy

Prognosis negative: How California is dealing with below-zero power market prices

A rainy winter and growing solar have CAISO prices going negative and renewable energy going to waste — what should policymakers do?

Data Visualisation

<b>How will the overall energy system evolve from now to 2060?</b><p>This interactive visualisation relies on the data and figures behind <i>Energy Technology</i> …

Energy

Building the ‘Solar Protection Factor’ Into an Increasingly Green-Powered Grid

Utilities need to prepare for the rise of wind and solar power and the retirements of baseload power plants, and that includes building “solar …

Energy

A mightier wind is blowing through Texas

Wind power has long been considered "alternative energy." But in Texas, that label may soon no longer apply.<p>While most of Texas' power still comes …

ELECTRICITY: Thoughts on power markets? Executives have a few

Dynegy raised eyebrows last year when it supported draft legislation in Illinois that would've given a boost to some coal-fueled units (<i>Energywire</i>, …

Large distribution system operators make a pitch for EU-wide body

DSO Enedis sponsors Tour de France<p><i>EDSO for Smart Grids, an organisation representing most of the large European distribution system operators (DSOs),</i> …

Finkel Review: Summary of submissions from energy industry - Energy Source & Distribution

More than 360 submissions to the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market have been received.<p>Australia’s Chief …

Energy

US Wind Adopts a ‘New Attitude’ to Confront a Looming Downturn

Wind works. That's the overarching message -- and the Twitter hashtag -- at the American Wind Energy Association's annual Windpower conference and …

Wind Power

Getting wind and sun onto the grid

Integrating variable renewable energy (VRE) technologies into power systems means understanding how they relate to other parts of the grid.

Renewable Energy

The case for allowing negative electricity prices

photo: Rog B<p><i>Negative electricity prices have become an increasingly frequent occurrence on the power exchanges that allow them. However, there are</i> …

Renewable Energy

The great capacity market debate: Which model can best handle the energy transition?

Cheap natural gas and generation subsidies have exposed vulnerabilities in capacity and energy-only market constructs. Can grid operators preserve …

ISO-NE proposes two-part capacity auctions to handle subsidized generation

The ISO's proposal is meant to allow the entry of significant subsidized resources into the market while preserving price formation for unsubsidized …

On the economics of wind and solar power

“Many hope that wind and solar power will eventually become economically competitive on large scale, leading the way to a global low-carbon economy. …

Renewable Energy

There Is No Free Market for Electricity: Can There Ever Be?

Electricity is an input in virtually everything we do as a modern society. Few Americans remember what it was like to live without it and its …

Energy

Flexibility: the path to low-carbon, low-cost electricity grids - CPI

Wind and solar have become established resources for low-carbon electricity around the world. Cost declines for those technologies now allow us a …

Energy

Are solar and wind really killing coal, nuclear and grid reliability?

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in April requested a study to assess the effect of renewable energy policies on nuclear and coal-fired power …

Energy

Total Makeover: Wholesale Markets Need New Thinking

The integration of renewables into the grid is becoming an increasingly acute problem, writes Fereidoon Sionshansi, editor of newsletter EEnergy …

Energy

The carbon consensus: Generators, analysts back CO2 price at FERC technical conference

Putting a price on carbon was just about the only common ground power sector stakeholders could find in two days of discussion on wholesale market …

'Markets' Test

I remember it well. The notion was as simple as it was compelling. What power plants were built, and what plants were run, had been determined by …

Energy

How solar growth will wreck the economics of power markets

real solar power (photo Bjoern Schwarz)<p><i>Continued solar growth could lead to significant decreases in wholesale electricity prices during most peak</i> …

Energy

Spring Oversupply Lifts CAISO Curtailments

‘Duck <b>Curve’ Dips Ahead of Expectations</b><p><i>By Robert Mullin</i><p>CAISO is curtailing an increasing volume of renewable generation this spring as the ISO sees …

Renewable Energy

Why Large Competitive Electricity Markets Benefit Wind Energy

On April 1, 2005, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) launched a wholesale energy market and began centrally dispatching power …

Energy

Planning for Solar and Wind

Spurred by ambitious national commitments, international agreements and rapid technological progress, governments are increasingly choosing renewable …

Renewable Energy