Solar Curtailment: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
- Sep 17, 2021 10:29 pm GMT
When production from solar and wind generators exceeds demand – a frequent occurrence in places with vast amounts of renewables in the electricity generation mix – the grid operators have to resort to curtailment. This, they do more often when there is not enough transmission capacity to export the surplus, not enough flexible demand or electric vehicles to soak up the juice or storage to shift the extra supply for later use. Grid operator in California, Texas, as well as many parts of Europe and Australia are increasingly forced to resort to renewable curtailment as a last resort. And while wind is the main culprit in many cases, solar curtailment has recently been on the rise.
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