POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for April 9, 2015

Study predicts nation's power grid will transition to back-up role; Regional compliance with Clean Power Plan more cost-effective, analysis says


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:

  • The nation’s power grid will play a “back-up only role” as soon as 2050 as solar and battery costs decrease, says a new analysis by a firm that designs microgrids. CBS News reports the study’s coauthor says the change won’t necessarily pit utilities against the new technology because the solar and battery systems are grid-connected.
  • “Regional compliance with the [EPA’s Clean Power Plan] by 2030 is possible, and is likely to be less costly than state-by-state compliance,” says a new report by the Southwest Power Pool. From the Public Power article, “SPP said that it applied a carbon-cost adder – as a tax on each fossil unit’s CO2 emissions – and added it to existing resource plans. SPP’s assessment found an adder of between $30-45 per ton would be the most cost-effective in a regional approach.”
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