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Carbon emissions: Why can’t Texas be more like Germany?

Energiewende, German for “energy transition,” was the theme of the “Texas-Germany Bilateral Dialogue on Challenges and Opportunities in the Electricity Market” conference held in Austin in late February. The conference was organized by the German American Chambers of Commerce and … Continue reading

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How much storage is even feasible?

In response to my last post, about the challenges of wind integration, a reader asked: “Is building storage of this scale even feasible?” If you had asked me in 2000, “Could wind get to 18GW wind in ERCOT by 2016?” … Continue reading

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ERCOT: meeting the challenges of wind integration

Texas has, by far, the highest penetration of wind among the three main US interconnections (Eastern, Western, and Texas), and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has met the challenges of wind integration. ERCOT is set to get even … Continue reading

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Renewables research collaboration in Chile

In May I had the pleasure of visiting colleagues at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and the Universidad de Chile, in Santiago, Chile. Like Texas, Chile is moving toward ever higher levels of renewable power, ours in wind, theirs … 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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What’s a Flat State to Do?

As we move to higher levels of renewable generation, electric generation becomes much less controllable. We need to find new ways to provide control, and energy storage plays a part in many electricity systems to help with matching supply to … Continue reading

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Expanding Texas Wind Expensive for Reducing Emissions

Texas already has the highest penetration of wind in the nation, and now the state has embarked on a significant expansion of its electric transmission network in west Texas to support new wind farms. How cost-effective is this expansion for … Continue reading

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