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Texas Blackout: Let’s Not “Fire, Ready, Aim”

As has been exhaustively reported, the severe weather event in Texas and surrounding states in mid-February resulted in blackouts across the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region, including blackouts for all but 90 minutes of a 59-hour stretch at … Continue reading

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Is demand-side the way to go?

Because wind and solar production depends on weather conditions, it is subject to the variability and intermittency of weather. The challenge of renewable integration is to cope with the resulting variability of the “net load,” or total load minus intermittent renewable production. (Click … Continue reading

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Renewable chic and the expense of small-scale solar

This is what I came across recently: a luxury brand store window display of “renewable chic,” where a solar panel, as part of the vignette, is being used to partially illuminate the mannequin. Putting aside the irony that the solar panel itself … Continue reading

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Australia: more competition, affordable prices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently released “Restoring Electricity Affordability & Australia’s Competitive Advantage,” a comprehensive report that analyzes the reasons for very high prices and “sets out 56 recommendations to reset the National Electricity Market, boosting competition, … Continue reading

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