January 29, 2013

Why Renewables Expand the Need for Natural Gas

John Miller, Energy Collective


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Renewable wind and solar power are important solutions to reducing carbon emissions. These technologies have improved substantially in recent years. Despite very significant advancements, wind and solar power costs continue to be greater than existing low carbon alternatives such as natural gas. In addition expanding variable wind and solar power requires increasing amounts of peaking power backup capacity to properly control and maintain critical power grids reliabilities. Why does expansion of wind and solar power continue to require increasing levels of natural gas electric power generation?

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TAGGED: Peaking Units, Peaking Power, Load Curve, Dispatchable Electricity, Grid Stability, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Natural Gas, Renewable Energy, Alternative Energy

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