Power Markets

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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 …

Renewable Energy

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 …


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 …

Nissan Leaf

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.


Next-Generation Energy Technologies Are Constrained by Outdated Markets.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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …

Renewable Energy

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 …

Renewable Energy

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.


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 …


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> …


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 …

Renewable Energy

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

State lawmakers are hammering out a bill that would pave the way for California to import more wind energy from Wyoming and export more solar power …

One grid to rule them all

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


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

Ott spoke to Utility Dive about leading PJM's push to reform its operations and pricing for the new energy economy.


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 …


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 …


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

The following is the second of a three-part guest post series from Robbie Orvis, policy design projects manager, and Eric Gimon, senior fellow at the …


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

Market forces and contract obligations are regularly dipping power prices below zero in California.<p>The dynamic is not new — negative pricing has …

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> …


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 …


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 an EU-wide organisation

DSO Enedis sponsors Tour de France<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 …