Generation Guide: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Generation Network – March 5, 2021

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Welcome to the new Generation Network roundup, Generation Guide. As always, your fellow group members are paying close attention to generation trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about commoditizing renewable energy, the importance of innovation in energy system development, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


Why Commoditizing Renewable Energy Could Be Key for Long-Term Growth

Nick Ferengi

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In this piece, Nick Ferengi, Founder and Editor at CAGR Value explains that the clean power industry could be the largest in the global financial markets if companies could create more avenues for investing in it. He points out that advances in technology are getting us closer to the commoditization of this market. Specifically, blockchain could help by tokenizing the market, making it more accessible. As a result, more investors would look to invest, thereby boosting long-term growth.


Green Hydrogen and Unicorns

Roger Arnold

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Green hydrogen is rare. About as rare as unicorns, according to Roger Arnold, Director at Silverthorn Institute. In this post, he cautions readers not to expect green hydrogen to take off any time soon. He notes that most hydrogen currently labeled as “green” actually isn’t because the conditions required to produce it are nearly nonexistent, a situation expected to continue for at least the next decade.  


The Crucial Role Innovation Must Play in the Energy System Story

Paul Hobcraft

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Here, Paul Hobcraft, Innovation Knowledge Provider at Agility Innovation underscores the need for innovation in the energy system’s integration and operation design and suggests ways to bring it about. He notes that there are several critical focal points for the energy transition within which to nurture innovation: renewable energies; end-user sectors of transport, industry, and buildings; overall system design and operation needs; electrification; energy storage; varied energy sources; and decarbonization.


The Arctic Blast Has Shown How Challenging It Is to Hedge Renewable Merchant Risk

Robin Duquette

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In ERCOT, some wind project managers have had to hedge their energy prices to secure financing. In this article, new Energy Central member Robin Duquette, CEO at Pyxidr explains that this process is more complicated than it is with dispatchable energy. He describes the reasons for the difference and suggests ways to use this information to improve the hedging process.


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