Who Pays for Firming Up Variable Energy Resources?

Jost, Barbara S.
September 2011
Power;Sep2011, Vol. 155 Issue 9, p67
Trade Publication
The article looks at the hidden price that gas-fired generators are paying when serving backstops for variable renewable resources in the U.S. It states that the major economic hurdle facing renewable power generation technologies is the substantial costs of installation. Also, cost is associated with load-balancing due to backstopping that variable generation with dispatchable generators consuming expensive fossil fuels.


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