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Hydrogen & Offshore Wind, business advisor and trainer, Charley Rattan Associates
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Energy Central Power Perspectives™: Welcome Kristen Jaeger, New Expert in the Generation Professionals Community
Well said, Kristen. As to your statement regarding "DR": One of the challenges I see with Demand Response going forward is that the economic incentives are not at the levels they have been in the past, which means less interes t. I agree. I also believe the economic incentives are inadeqaute for generators as well, given the dropping capacity values seen in FCM and more cases...
Let's be clear: we support nuclear energy as a strong provider of carbon free power, despite its cost, despite its inflexibility, despite its opacity. But we are lamenting because the Industry is doing such a bad job at developing new capacity at reasonable cost and in a firm timetable. We hoped to rely on new units to solve climate change, get out of coal, limit natgas expansion....
If you feel let down by the idea nuclear is "doing such a bad job at developing new capacity", you needn't punish yourself. Nuclear plants are being built around the world at an accelerating pace, in countries requiring a source of energy that doesn't disappear each night, or when the wind stops blowing.
Jumping on the bandwagon: EDF embraces hydrogen and carbon capture in bid to keep Sizewell C relevantSecure, baseload generation has been the main selling point of nuclear power for decades: the promise of a reliable source of electricity, generating constantly around the clock, 24/7, has mesmerised UK energy policymakers since the first civil..
U.S. Renewable Sources Generate More Electricity Than Either Coal or Nuclear and Begin to Close the Gap with Natural Gas
Ken, though your links didn't work I was able to acquire the graph below from EIA.gov. Let's assume the COVID-19 crisis won't last forever - that trends will continue as they did in 2019: As you can see, solar isn't "closing any gap" with gas - if anything, it's driving gas consumption to new heights.