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Energy utilities talk a lot about coal these days—not whether or not it will be making a comeback, as President Donald Trump promises, but what to do with their coal plants as the traditional baseload fuel gets left behind by the market. Everyone knows that coal is a losing investment, not only now but even more so in the future as more renewables are introduced into the power system, and energy policies catch up to the science of climate change. The big question is...
 
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More renewables will be installed – thanks to Donald Trump




Following the results of the Presidential elections on 8th of November 2016, many people in the energy industry panicked: “This is the end for renewables. Coal will make a come-back. Run, run run.” In my opinion, the complete opposite will happen during the next couple of years.
 
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why renewables are the new baseload




The 225 MW flexible gas-fired plant that Denton, Texas, recently agreed to build will have ripple effects that spread well beyond the Lone Star State. Why should communities elsewhere care about the “Renewable Denton Plan,” which replaces the city’s coal generating capacity with 70 percent renewables by 2019?
 
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Enabling the city of Denton to switch to a smart, cost-efficient, power system using 70% renewables Power talk
Now, as more U.S. cities seek to increase their use of renewable power—lowering their carbon footprint and their electricity costs at the same time—they’re starting to see the win-win “Uber” value of investing in flexible generation. Take the case of Denton, Texas.
 
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THE ENERGY REFORM IN MEXICO

Raúl Carral Ph.D.

We have many reasons to feel happy and positive about our future in Mexico. The market is growing, and is now opening up to private investment. A number of private projects are presently being discussed, and a series of power purchase agreement (PPA) auctions are coming.
 
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Alberta_Blog

If there is one word to describe the mood in Alberta’s energy investment sector these days, it’s this: uncertain. With the turmoil in global oil markets and the recent election of a green regime in Ottawa led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada is preparing to turn sharply away from the fossil fuel-intensive economy that has long sustained Calgary, the powerhouse of the country’s oil industry.
 
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Consumers, power providers and investors have all benefited from the increase in renewable power that is lowering wholesale electricity costs in energy markets nationwide. But the fast growth in renewables has also increased something that energy investors traditionally dislike: volatility.
 
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In recent weeks we have shown that flexible capacity not only generates value for utilities but is also a big money-saver for consumers, reducing their electricity costs. Now we turn our attention to the strong financial incentives and business logic for investing in flexible power generation.
 
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Power-System-Optimization_Little-Blog
Weather, line congestion, generator outages and the inherent variability of renewable energy lead to instability in the supply of electricity, which leads to volatile energy prices. If price events are foreseen hours in advance slower resources can be called upon to fill the need
 
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What do Uber and electric utilities have in common? Simple: both have the chance to offer lower rates to consumers by leveraging underutilized assets. Keep reading to see how American ratepayers can benefit from smarter utility operation
 
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DEBUNKING THE MYTH: DO ENERGY MARKETS REWARD FLEXIBILITY?
Flexibility didn't grab much attention as an investment driver a few years ago, but now that reality has changed. Our analysis in SPP reveals that there are millions to be made by investing in flexible power generation
 
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The Energy Reform in Mexico

 

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