Low Prices Always Low Prices

Low prices always low prices is the slogan taken by China’s wind and solar PV panel manufacturers.  It describes their global market strategy of flooding the market with equipment, driving down prices as a result of that glut and suctioning up feed in tariffs and other subsidies to help finance China’s export production growth.  For Read more about Low Prices Always Low Prices[…]

Is California's Resource Adequacy at Risk?

California is experiencing growing concerns over resource adequacy.  The CAISO took the unusual step of objecting to the proposed shut down of the Calpine Sutter natural gas power plant at FERC saying the plant would be needed as soon as 2017 to assure resource adequacy and thus is made no sense to shut it down Read more about Is California's Resource Adequacy at Risk?[…]

Market Rationalization Demands Grid Parity

“In the last two years, the delivered cost of energy from PV was cut in half. NRG expects the cost to fall in half again in the next two years, which would make solar power less expensive than retail electricity in roughly 20 states. The expected drop in solar costs has the potential to revolutionize Read more about Market Rationalization Demands Grid Parity[…]

Grid Parity Arriving with a Fury!

For years advocates of wind and solar energy have been telling us that prices would fall and these clean, renewable technologies would be competitive with natural gas.  That sweet spot is often referred to as grid parity. Congratulations that day of grid parity success has arrived! At its December meeting the California Public Utilities Commission Read more about Grid Parity Arriving with a Fury![…]

EIPC Insufficiency

There is much to admire in Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC) the consortium of over two dozen electric system planning authorities from thirty-nine US states and two provinces in Eastern Canada that make up the Eastern Interconnect, the giant power grid that covers this vast part of North America.  But scenario planning at least what Read more about EIPC Insufficiency[…]

Renewable Energy Must Make Tax Policy Change its Friend

‘Make Change Your Friend. ’ That was the political advice of former President Bill Clinton when people would come to him seeking support for one cause of another.  It is a strategy that offers promise of political compromise, something we do not see often in Washington DC today. But it also carries risk by appealing Read more about Renewable Energy Must Make Tax Policy Change its Friend[…]

California puts Solar PV on Utilities Christmas Shopping List

As part of its year-end approval of pending renewable energy procurement contracts the California Public Utilities Commission got some good news from the falling prices of solar PV panels. Of the 544 MW of solar projects on the CPUC’s December 15th agenda 294 MW (54%) were at or below ‘grid parity’ which is defined in Read more about California puts Solar PV on Utilities Christmas Shopping List[…]

How Much will Clean Energy REALLY Cost?

That is the question customers are asking as their utility rates go up to pay for the cumulative cost of the aspirations of politicians and regulators.  But until now the answer to that question was hard to get at least in California where under state law and utility regulations the costs of utility procurement of Read more about How Much will Clean Energy REALLY Cost?[…]

California's 33% RPS Plan for a Clean Energy Future

As expected the California Legislature approved a bill formally enacting the 33% renewable portfolio standard into law.  Governor Jerry Brown will sign the measure. Little else changes since the 33% RPS goal was set by Executive Order by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  There is widespread public support for California clean energy policies. But the 33% Read more about California's 33% RPS Plan for a Clean Energy Future[…]

Last Mile Problems for Renewable Energy are a Signpost of Mainstream Success

By any measure, renewable energy especially wind and solar have been real success stories. Their growth has been facilitated by the mother’s milk of Federal subsidies and state renewable portfolio standards.  The renewable industry has grown from a fragmented collection of mom and pop businesses to a consolidating web of global companies increasingly controlled by Read more about Last Mile Problems for Renewable Energy are a Signpost of Mainstream Success[…]