Department of Energy grid study shows need for grid flexibility to accommodate renewables

By Kelsey Misbrener The Department of Energy released its grid study on Wednesday evening. NPR reports, “The report doesn’t say there’s a grid reliability problem now—only that one could develop if more coal and nuclear power plants shut down.”
Though the number one cited cause of coal and nuclear plant retirements in the report is natural gas growth, “variable renewable energy” is also blamed. The report says “dispatch of VRE has negatively impacted the economics of baseload plants.”
Other highlights include:
On the reasons for power plant retirements: “The biggest contributor to coal and nuclear plant retirements has been the advantaged economics
of natural gas-fired generation.”
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