Archive for December, 2013

Renewable Integration – Reducing Cost and Complexity

A recent article in California Energy Markets (1260) – CPUC Looks for Ways to Limit Green Power Costs – discusses the inevitable haggling over ensuring that renewable energy procured to fulfill RPS requirements is as cost effective as possible and what limits might be placed on procurement if the price impacts reach some threshold. At the same time, utilities and grid operators are already grappling with the economic challenge of helping smaller generators participate economically and with the operational challenges of system management with orders of magnitude more resources and the associated complexity of renewable generation compared to traditional fossil-fuel resources.