…Have You Heard of MOPR?… The minimum offer price rule (MOPR) is symbolic of a struggle that’s going on behind the scenes where Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) are surreptitiously forcing the use of wind and solar onto the grid. It’s Continue reading Have You Heard of MOPR?
…Critical Reserve Margins… Are reserve margins for the grid a quaint idea from the past? One would think so, given how RTO/ISOs are approaching the question. Reserve margins are supposed to ensure there will be sufficient generating capacity even if Continue reading Critical Reserve Margins
…Worldwide Costs for Power Generation… The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently issued a report, World Energy Outlook WEO 2018, on the energy transition that, according to the IEA, is underway in an effort to combat climate change. The IEA claimed Continue reading Worldwide Costs for Power Generation
…Four Minutes for $150 million… South Australia installed battery storage supplied by Musk for an estimated cost of $150 million. With a rating of 100MW/129MW, the storage can, on the face of it, provide 100 MW for approximately 1hour 18 Continue reading Four Minutes for $150 million
…Building Unnecessary Power Plants… Why are we building power plants that aren’t needed? The growth in demand for electricity has been less than 1% for nearly fifteen years. Chart from Statista showing Electricity consumption 1975 -2017.Bars are 5 years apart Continue reading Building Unnecessary Power Plants
…Boring, But Important LCOEs… (The following article was published in September 2016 and is still relevant today. It is repeated now, with updates, by an associate, while I do not have access to the Internet.) Levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) Continue reading Boring, But Important LCOEs