Building Unnecessary Power Plants

…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

…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

From the Horse’s Mouth

…From the Horse’s Mouth… When analyzing comments made by people, it’s very important to go to the source document to be certain the person is being quoted accurately. In my view, and that of others, several RTO/ISOs have created an Continue reading From the Horse’s Mouth

Picking and Choosing

…Picking and Choosing… It’s been interesting to read all the glowing stories about how renewables are competitive with coal and natural gas power plants.  Here is a headline from Forbes: “Production Cost Of Renewable Energy Now ‘Lower’ Than Fossil Fuels” Continue reading Picking and Choosing

Installed Wind Capacity Braggadocio

…Installed Wind Capacity Braggadocio… The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is constantly bragging about increases in installed wind capacity. AWEA has made statements such as the following from its 2016 annual report: “Wind power delivered 30% of all new capacity Continue reading Installed Wind Capacity Braggadocio

Pending Disaster

…Pending Disaster… The PJM independent system operator (ISO) said there is no imminent danger to the grid when it was asked about the First Energy bankruptcy filing and First Energy’s request of FERC for cost recovery for its nuclear and Continue reading Pending Disaster