13 Mar '13, 2pm

Low Natural Gas Prices Haven't Detracted from Wind's Hedge Appeal, Says LBNL

Low Natural Gas Prices Haven't Detracted from Wind's Hedge Appeal, Says LBNL

Drawing on a sizable sample of long-term power purchase agreements (PPA) between existing wind projects and utilities, the report compares wind power prices that have been contractually locked in for decades to come with a range of long-term natural gas price projections. Data from 287 PPAs totaling 23.5 gigawatts were used. Some notable quotes from the report: “Adding wind power to a portfolio of generating assets will partially hedge or insulate that portfolio against the risk of rising fuel costs over the long term.” “In other words, not only do these recent wind PPAs provide ample long-term hedge value, but they are also, on average, competitive natural gas fuel savers in the near-term when compared to reference-case natural gas price projections for the U.S. as a whole.” “To summarize, with gas prices as low as they are, and with gas price risk heavily skewed to the u...

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