Alex Gilbert


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  • 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|
  • Increasing installations drive cost reductions

How Solar Became Mainstream, and Why It Will Keep Growing

Highlights: Economies of scale continue to reduce solar costs dramatically, leading the market to reach 25 GW in 2015. The recent renewal of the investment tax credit will drive continued cost innovation for solar, allowing it to achieve subsidy independence by the early 2020s. In total, solar power could climb from less than 1% of [...]

By |February 26th, 2016|
  • Coal and natural gas monthly generation converges over last five years as renewables begin steady growth from small beginning

The Environmental Case for Natural Gas and Renewable Energy

Highlights: With the right policies, renewable energy and natural gas can lead to an energy system with low environmental impacts. Compared to coal, natural gas has lower CO2 emissions, air quality, and water impacts while renewable energy has lower environmental impacts than either coal or natural gas. In the short term, natural gas can reduce [...]

By |February 16th, 2016|
  • power plants across the us vary regionally, in terms of size, and in terms of type

The U.S. Electricity System in 15 Maps

Electricity in the United States is going through massive changes: the generation mix is shifting rapidly, regulatory and industry models are evolving, and policy is playing an ever important role. All of these changes can be hard to conceptualize, particularly when trying to make sense of how multiple factors interact with each other. I’m a [...]

By |February 9th, 2016|