reliability


Getting to 100% Clean Energy—and the Grid Operators that Stand in the Way

, Senior energy analyst

Who is in charge, and where are they leading us? Read more >

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As we change the power grid, we need to keep the standards that have guided good utility practice. Photo: Mike Jacobs

There is a Standard for Comparing Power Plant Closings with Energy Shortages; Let’s Use it!

, Senior energy analyst

The debate about modernizing our energy system has been marred by shifting claims that we need old power plants. We are replacing fossil fuels with steady and rapid adoption of clean renewable energy, and more efficient buildings and appliances and we need to keep the basic reliability principles front and center. The latest analysis from the electricity grid operator in the Mid-Atlantic US, leaves out a crucial piece.

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Photo: Mike Jacbos
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Renewables are Ramping Up to Notable Levels in the U.S.

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

UCS has just released a new report that I co-authored called Ramping up Renewables: Energy You Can Count On. It shows that renewable energy is already providing more clean, reliable electricity in the United States and around the world than many people thought possible just a few years ago. It also shows that we have the tools to accommodate considerably more wind and solar in the U.S. electricity system, as well as reach much higher levels in the future. Read more >

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Texas Wind Helps Keep the Lights On

, Senior energy analyst

I live near the San Francisco Bay, so while the rest of the country roasted this summer, I shivered in a sweatshirt. Texas is experiencing its fair share of summer heat and in mid-August a heat wave caused unexpected power failures at about 20 power plants, including one coal plant and several natural gas plants, just as people reached to crank up their air conditioners. Read more >

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