Renewable Energy Beats Natural Gas for New Capacity in 2014

February 5, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Renewables and New Capacity

It was a close race, but in the end new generating capacity from renewable sources beat out new natural gas capacity by 1.16% in 2014. Of the 49.81% of new capacity from renewable energy, more than one-quarter, or 26.52%, came from wind energy while solar power provided another 20.40% of the total.[read more]

Demand Response Value Isn't Just About Capacity, Study Finds

April 6, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Demand Response and Capacity

It's well known that the use of load shifting can often be more efficient than power plants when it comes to providing grid balancing services. But few studies exist on the effect that demand response resources have on operational costs for utilities or independent system operators.[read more]

Low Capacity Factors: challenges for a low carbon energy transition

October 15, 2013 by Robert Wilson

Low Capacity Factors

A transition to low carbon energy faces multiple challenges, here I discuss two: that posed by the low capacity factors of renewable energy, and the challenge posed by the requirement for power plants to run with reduced capacity factors.[read more]