Category Archives: Markets and Subsidies

Lazard’s LCOE Report is Out for 2014

Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy report looks at energy costs both with and without subsidies.  Wind and solar continue to improve their position compared to other sources. This report is very helpful in teasing apart fact from hype regarding subsidies … Continue reading

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LCOE Comparision

Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis offers a great comparison between various energy sources.  It shows subsidized and unsubsidized so that better comparisons can be made. UPDATE Aug 2015:  Lazard’s updates this every year.  Historical context is helpful as it … Continue reading

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A Great Graphic That Illustrates the Disruptive Nature of Solar Energy

The graph came from this blog More graphs here.  I like these but proceed with caution, they really don’t address intermittency.  So there is much work to be done.  This series of posts covers much of what needs to go … Continue reading

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PV Closing in on $2.00 / W Installed

The graphic below shows that we are nearing $2.00 / W installed in Germany for solar.  $2.00 / Watt takes into account the price of the Euro which is trading at about $1.37.  In the US we are closer to … Continue reading

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Pigovian Tax

A pigovian tax is a tax is a tax applied to market activity that is generating negative externalities.  This is a great term and Wikipedia has a nice overview of it – here. Or here in this article. A carbon … Continue reading

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Comparison of Coal Power to PV

I ran across a discussion about how many coal power plants are equivalent to 10GW of PV.  I ran the numbers and below have posted the results.  10GW of PV is equivalent to 5 coal power plants.  Many assume that … Continue reading

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Towards The New Grid Paradigm

This article highlights some of the challenges being faced in figuring out how to sell and monetize electricity.  It is in large part about a meta-study done by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) that looks at the costs and benefits … Continue reading

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Externalities of Nuclear Energy

  I ran across this insightful comment to this post: http://theenergycollective.com/robertwilson190/257481/why-power-density-matters#comment-80591 The comment is by: Robert Mitchell The comment goes into great detail about the costs of insuring nuclear power plants that are left up to the taxpayer rather than, … Continue reading

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Spain, A Cautionary Tale

Spain got overzealous and built an unsustainable renewable energy program.  To much too fast.  Does this mean don’t provide incentives for renewables?  No it means be smart about designing your programs.

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EV Batteries Prices are Collapsing – The Mainstream Media Misses the Big Story

As they are so prone to do, the mainstream media has framed the slashed prices of EVs and PEVs as a price war.  Perhaps it is but the big story is that they can have this price war because the … Continue reading

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