Tag Archives: Renewable Power

Making Electricity Ubiquitous, Ubiquitous But Not Necessarily Cheap

I attended the 37th International Association for Energy Economics International Conference 2014 June 15-18 in New York City.  During the Wednesday “Dual Plenary Session: Utility Business Model” Michel Derdevet, Secretaire General, Electricite Reseau Distribution France, the French distribution utility, raised … Continue reading

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Electric Demand Charges: A Lesson from the Telephone Industry

The only ad with prices that I remember from 50 years ago was AT&T’s offering of a three minute coast to coast telephone call for $1.00.  With the inflation that we have seen over the last 50 years, one would … Continue reading

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NCAC-USAEE Overnight Field Trip of 2013 October 4-5

Friday and Saturday I went on a overnight bus trip with NCAC-USAEE to visit energy facilities in Western Pennsylvania and Maryland.  The trip included a visit to the Conemaugh coal fired generating plant near Johnstown, PA, the EDF Renewable Energy … Continue reading

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Robin Hood vs Renewable Portfolio Standards

Do Renewable Portfolio Standards Reverse the Robin Hood Concept  by Taking from the Poor and Giving to the Rich?   English literature has the legend of Robin Hood, who “stole from the rich and gave to the poor.”  Some people … Continue reading

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Ramping–Wind Data from Kodiak, Alaska

A growing concern about renewable resources, such as wind and solar, is that they can ramp down and then back up in a few seconds.  The requirement that electric utilities balance their sources and uses of electricity on a real … Continue reading

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Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: What to Do When Wind Doesn’t Perform as Promised

Wind generation is unpredictable. Seldom is the production exactly equal to the specified rate. It reminds me of Goldilocks and the three bears, “Too hot, too cold, but seldom just right.” Most utility approach unscheduled flows of electricity by punishing the provider for any imbalance. “Heads the utility wins. Tails the generator looses.” A better approach uses the total imbalance on the utility to determine how imbalances are priced. Continue reading

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Socializing The Grid: The Reincarnation of Vampire Wheeling

Deja Vu–Twenty years ago El Paso built a transmission line and sought revenue from Plains which had an existing, parallel lower voltage transmission line. Plains called the concept Vampire Wheeling and resisted the blood sucking proposal. Now large transmission owners are seeking to socialize the cost of new high voltage lines, forcing smaller entities to pay those costs, a grander version of Vampire Wheeling. We need to de-socialize the process by paying for those lines on a real time basis that reflects the cost and reliability benefits being concurrently provided Continue reading

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“Too Much of a Good Thing” Revisited

Spot electricity prices sometimes need to vary widely from the dispatch prices established by an ISO so that generators and consumers see an impact on the average charge. Continue reading

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Integrating Wind and Electric Vehicles

Storage enhances the integration of wind generation and the charging of electric vehicles. Dynamica pricing enables these three concepts to work together when they are independently owned. Continue reading

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