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Why America’s power grid needs natural gas now more than ever

This week on, an article I wrote with David Spence: Now that the Obama administration has finalized its Clean Power Plan regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the power sector, the focus of attention turns to the states, which … Continue reading

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Flexible thermal resources to balance renewable production

In the current IEEE Power & Energy Magazine, (“Flexibility and Availability,” November/December 2014, p. 104), I discuss the future need for increased use of flexible thermal resources to help balance renewable production. Natural gas-fired generation has a special role because … Continue reading

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EV Charging at the Mall: Sensible or Publicity?

A recent article in Forbes, “Simon Says ‘Charge Your EV at the Mall,’” highlights the combined use of solar panels, battery storage, and electric vehicle charging equipment in an “integrated charging station” at a mall in Carmel, Indiana. It may … Continue reading

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The Cost of Wind’s Ancillary Services

LA Times reporter Ralph Vartabedian recently wrote about the use of natural gas generation to provide electricity when the wind is not blowing. He cites an afternoon in California when the wind power production was only 1% of the rated … Continue reading

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