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How FERC’s New Ruling Is Upending the Country’s Biggest Capacity Market

For more than a year, clean energy advocates have been asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject market proposals from the country’s …

Natural Gas

How FERC's 'unprecedented' PJM order could unravel capacity markets

The landmark Friday order echoes longstanding arguments from the coal and gas sector, but observers say it could end up a boon for renewables and …

Utilities

Solar and wind are coming. And the power sector isn’t ready.

The rise in renewable energy will scramble the decision making of grid managers.<p>The US electricity system is at an extremely sensitive and uncertain juncture. More and more indicators point toward a future in which wind and solar power play a large role. But that future is not locked in. It still …

Natural Gas

The fake arguments against 100% renewable energy

UNSW academics compare campaign against wind and solar and high renewable energy scenarios led by pro-nuclear lobbyists to efforts by the tobacco …

'Baseload Is Poison' And 5 Other Lessons From Germany's Energy Transition

Baseload power is not the answer to the variability of renewable energy, a German energy official said Friday, and energy storage may not be the answer either.<p>Germany has achieved moments in its <i>Energiewende</i>, or Energy Transition, in which renewables met 100 percent of demand without the aid of …

Natural Gas

Trump’s crude bailout of dirty power plants failed, but a subtler bailout is underway

A look at some ominous goings-on in FERC.<p>Last year, the Trump administration attempted a ham-handed bailout of the US coal industry. In a nutshell, Rick Perry’s Department of Energy told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to guarantee the profits of coal plants.<p>FERC, to its eternal …

Fossil Fuels

Will FERC uphold state support for clean energy?

Some are celebrating FERC's apparent defense of state environmental policies, but that reaction is premature, write Danny Cullenward and Shelley …

IEA report highlights need for policy action to improve power system flexibility

Flexible power plants allow tapping more or higher shares of low-cost wind, solar while maintaining energy security

As more solar and wind come onto the grid, prices go down but new questions come up

Wind and solar energy are growing rapidly in the U.S. As these energy sources become a bigger part of the electricity mix, their growth raises new …

Every one of America’s 57,636 wind turbines, mapped

California's Kern County, home to the city of Bakersfield, bills itself as the “Wind Capital of the West.” But a Washington Post analysis of a massive new U.S. Geological Survey database of over 57,000 commercial wind turbines suggests that the county is being overly modest: It is, in fact, the …

Renewable Energy

Pushing the Limit: How Demand Flexibility Can Grow the Market for Renewable Energy - Rocky Mountain Institute

February 14, 2018 | By<p><i>Download</i> Demand Flexibility: The Key to Enabling a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Grid<i>. This is the first of a series of three RMI</i> …

The Paradox of Electricity Deregulation

You might think that deregulation means sweeping away regulations, which ought to make the law much simpler. But the opposite is true in the …

PJM Files Capacity Market Proposals on Generator Subsidies

VALLEY FORGE, Pa.,April 9, 2018/PRNewswire/ --PJM Interconnectiontoday requested theFederal Energy Regulatory Commissionto determine how the …

Solar power’s greatest challenge was discovered 10 years ago. It looks like a duck.

A researcher discusses the “duck curve” he helped discover.<p>Back in 2008, a group of researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) noticed a funny-looking shape in their modeling.<p>They were starting to take solar photovoltaic (PV) panels seriously, running projections of what might …

Renewable Energy

Expanding the Energy Imbalance Market Is the Right Way to Regionalize California’s Grid

To meet its ambitious renewable energy goals, California needs to make its energy system more flexible.In a previous article, we touched on how this …

Learn to love power lines through technology, advocates say

The 160,000 miles of high-voltage power lines in the United States may be the most objectionable and the most ignored parts of the electric power …

Co-op, muni, clean energy groups target capacity reforms in FERC letter

Dive Brief:• A coalition of groups representing utilities, renewable energy providers and environmentalists sent a letter to the Federal Energy …

Kosovo blamed for slowing down Europe's electricity

Twenty-five European countries have been suffering from "slow electricity" since January, so if you had wondered why you kept needing to adjust your clock radio, or the time display on your electric oven, then be baffled no longer. Media reports suggest it is all Kosovo and Serbia's fault.<p>Supply …

Shayle's (Seasonal) Newsletter, Volume 4

Of course, the RMI study is only looking at one tool in the renewable integration toolbox, and demand flexibility can't be expected to do all the …

Markets for low carbon, low cost electricity systems (working paper) - CPI

Today we are publishing a working paper on the future design of the energy market as part of a program that follows on from analysis for the Energy …

'Here and Now' — Nine Electricity Markets Leading the Transition to Wind and Solar - Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis

California, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, South Australia, Spain, Tamil Nadu, Texas, and Uruguay; Breakneck Speed Is Overtaking Academic Discussion; …

California ISO proposes more granularity in day-ahead market

The grid operator is proposing to transition the day-ahead market from hourly to 15-minute granularity to ensure there is sufficient capability to …

How Low Can Conventional Generators Go?

NREL Explains Why Minimum Generation Is Key to Maximum Renewable Integration<p>February 22, 2018<p>A new article in the journal <i>Energy Policy</i> illustrates …

How German Energiewende's Renewables Integration Points the Way | Regulatory Assistance Project

​The power sector’s shift from large, inflexible generation to smaller, more dispersed variable renewable resources has triggered a debate among some …

Negative power prices: good or bad?

The New York Times says they are “positive for energy users.” But Germany’s newspapers <i>Handelsblatt</i> and <i>Der Spiegel</i> say that Germans are paying …

How Texas used a free market to reduce electricity prices and pollution

Electric competition in Texas recently passed its 16th anniversary, and our citizens continue to reap the benefits of a market, rather than a …

How ‘Demand Flexibility’ Could Boost Renewables and Save Texas Billions

‘Demand flexibility' is Rocky Mountain Institute’s term for the capability of water heaters, air conditioners, plug-in electric vehicles, and other …

How low can you go? The importance of quantifying minimum generation levels for renewable integration

Abstract<p>One of the significant limitations of solar and wind deployment is declining value caused by the limited correlation of renewable energy …