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  • Regulated nuclear power plants face lower retirement risks than deregulated facilities, even once controlling for single versus multi-unit reactors

Addressing the Plight of Existing Nuclear Retirements, Part 2

This is the second article in a three-part series on existing nuclear in the United States. Part 1 identified and discussed major economic and policy challenges. Part 3 will look at other state, regional, and federal policy solutions. Highlights: Although the economic struggles of the existing US nuclear fleet are clear, potential solutions to these [...]

By |July 22nd, 2016|
  • Nuclear retirement risk partially depends on number of reactors per plant, capacity per unit, and capacity factors

Addressing the Plight of Existing Nuclear Retirements, Part 1

Highlights: A spate of recent retirement announcements from nuclear facilities could reduce generation from existing nuclear reactors by more than 10% by 2025 As nuclear represents the largest source of low-carbon electricity in the U.S., large-scale nuclear retirements threaten U.S. carbon reduction goals In the short term, low natural gas prices, electricity market design, and [...]

By |July 14th, 2016|

Critically Assessing Energy Modeling in the United States: Reflections on the U.S. Energy Information Administration and Renewable Energy Forecasts

The following is a guest post co-authored by one of our cofounders and Benjamin Sovacool. It is a response to a criticism of an article whose results we have cited and discussed numerous times. Although different than our normal analyses, this post addresses a lot of important issues in energy, energy modelling, and analysis methodologies. [...]

By |July 6th, 2016|
  • Difference in electricity prices between 2012 and 2016 closely resembles the net load duck curve

Solar to Wreck Economics of Existing Power Markets

Highlights: Continued solar growth could lead to significant decreases in wholesale electricity prices during most peak hours. High solar penetrations could also impact power prices when solar does not operate, affect the frequency and severity of electricity price spikes, and impact natural gas price volatility. While lower wholesale prices could impact solar’s growth they will [...]

By |June 20th, 2016|

No Clear Successor to Net Metering

Highlights: Rapid growth in rooftop PV is making net metering a major policy challenge for state PUCs and legislators While there are many potential solutions, they are untried, very complex, or only partially address challenges raised by net metering Ultimately, any successor policy to net metering needs to adequately address the interests of all involved [...]

By |April 11th, 2016|