30 Jun '13, 6pm

How hard is it to integrate renewables into the grid? @SeanCasten gets into the weeds.

How hard is it to integrate renewables into the grid? @SeanCasten gets into the weeds.

In January, EEI said [PDF] that the incentives paid to renewable energy are going to jeopardize grid reliability and electricity costs. Many enviros have responded that this represents nothing more than the utility industry’s naked self interest. Who’s right? I’d suggest neither. The true problem with the EEI report, as I pointed out here , is that they are confusing (perhaps intentionally) a pricing structure problem with a technology problem. There are technical issues, but they result from the structure of clean-energy incentives, not the technologies or the total volume of the incentive. So there’s an easy solution: change the structure by which non-utility generators are paid. This is as logical as it is politically impossible. Utilities (like all businesses) are loath to set prices for the benefit of their customers, and enviros are loath to concede that tax credits ...

Full article: http://grist.org/article/how-hard-is-it-to-integrate-rene...

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