Power Markets

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PJM seeks a middle course in capacity markets

PJM is the regional grid operator that operates in states from the Mid-Atlantic region to Illinois, and uses a Reliability Pricing Model (RPM) for …

Renewable Energy

New England could be in the dark if changes not made to electric grid

Attention New Englanders. These nightmare scenarios are based on projections for five years out. But you might want to consider investing in a diesel …

Energy

ISO-NE proposal would drive state-sponsored renewables into wholesale markets

Dive Brief:<p>ISO New England has proposed tariff changes aimed accommodating state-sponsored renewable resources in the region's Forward Capacity …

Utilities

Expanding the Western Electricity Grid - Rocky Mountain Institute

January 2, 2018 | By<p><i>This blog post is part of a series from RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC), which streamlines and accelerates corporate</i> …

Renewable Energy

California grid operator 'reluctantly' announces it will become its own reliability coordinator

Dive Brief:<p>The California ISO announced yesterday it will soon act as its own reliability coordinator (RC), a responsibility currently handled by …

Utilities

Gas, not renewables, driving coal, nuclear woes; DOE labs show how much

Low natural gas prices, not high renewable energy penetrations, are the main cause of low and negative electricity prices that are negatively …

Energy

Why Wall Street gets a cut of your power bill

A California program designed to strengthen the electricity grid has lost nearly $700 million – at consumers’ expense<p>Eric Hildebrandt first raised the red flag in an annual report written in 2015 for his bosses overseeing California’s electricity market. He raised the same issue in a 2016 report. …

Renewable Energy

GAO Issues Report on Electricity Markets

WASHINGTON,Dec. 8-- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the use of capacity markets in theU.S.The report (GAO-18-131) is …

Webinar: Renewable Integration Update

<b>Featured Speakers:</b><p><b>Wesley Cole</b> is an electricity sector modeler and analyst in the Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group at the National Renewable …

The Rise of Renewables Creates Uncertainty in US Power Markets

Renewables have grown powerful enough to alter the workings of power markets, which will in turn affect the future growth of wind and solar.<p>This …

Author Describes Writing Controversial DOE Grid Reliability Report

When Energy Secretary Rick Perry set out this year to prove that Obama-era regulations were killing coal plants and undermining grid reliability, he turned to a veteran energy consultant from his home state of Texas to write the report.<p>Alison Silverstein was known to be proficient in energy …

Energy

This New Charging System Lets Electric Cars Pay For Themselves By Selling Energy Back To The Grid

A new charging system will let the cars serve as batteries for the grid–making you cash as they sit in your driveway.<p>If you buy a Nissan Leaf in the U.K. in 2018, you probably won’t ever have to pay to charge your new electric car.<p>Anyone who has a garage will be able to sign up for a new program …

Solar and nukes

In 2015, Électricité de France put out a pamphlet titled Flexible nuclear generation to foster the development of renewable energy as one of its “50 …

Technology, markets and contracts — oh my! The keys to profiting from California's duck curve

California policymakers look to address renewables over-generation through smart investments in supply- and demand-side resources.

Energy

Next-Generation Energy Technologies Are Constrained by Outdated Markets. Here’s How to Fix Them

After eight and a half years of the most rewarding experience of my professional life, the end of November will bring the close of my tenure at GTM …

Energy

Greening the ramp: California looks to carbon-free resources to combat the 'duck curve'

A new law directs utilities to plan non-emitting resources to serve peak demand, sparking new debates about resource adequacy and the future of gas …

Utilities

Is This How The Trump Administration Might Save Coal?

On Capitol Hill Thursday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry defended a controversial proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants. "There's no such thing as a free market in energy," he said in testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "Governments are picking winners and losers …

CEO Panel: DOE NOPR Continues ‘Cycle of Subsidies’

A panel of CEOs from some of Texas’ largest energy companies panned Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s directive that FERC consider supporting struggling …

Energy

PGE joins California energy imbalance market

Oct. 03--Portland General Electricsaid Monday that is has formally joinedCalifornia'senergy imbalance market, an automated trading market that will …

Wholesale market crisis

In April, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry sent a memo ordering staff to prepare a report to look into the retirement of “baseload” coal and nuclear …

CAISO proposes load-shifting product for energy storage

The program aims to reduce the need to curtail solar power during peak generation hours, combating negative prices.

Utilities

How DOE's baseload power rule 'would blow the market up'

Former FERC officials and energy experts say moves to guarantee cost recovery for generators with onsite fuel supplies could unravel wholesale power …

Utilities

History of Power: The Evolution of the Electric Generation Industry

<i>POWER magazine was launched in 1882, just as the world was beginning to grasp the implications of a new, versatile form of energy: electricity.</i> …

Energy

No business case for lots of wind and solar

In recent years, the increasing competitiveness of wind and solar power has been widely hailed. But there is a cloud to this silver lining – power …

California is aiming for 100% clean energy. How much of it will come from Wyoming wind?

CLOSE<p>The conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz wants to build America's biggest wind project in Wyoming and send the electricity to California. …

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 …

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 …