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Mon Aug 19, 2013, 05:25 PM Aug 2013

Graphs: How Wind Power Displaced Coal Power In Spain


Today’s graph is sourced from the recent Goldman Sachs analysis of the thermal coal industry, and its conclusion that the window for investment is closing rapidly – thanks to reduced demand, and because of the rise of renewables and other cleaner energy sources.

Goldman Sachs says there are three big themes governing the outlook for thermal coal; the first is environmental regulation, be it air quality or greenhouse gas emissions (which lead to more expensive coal); the second is energy efficiency (which leads to less consumption of coal), and the third i
s the growth in renewables.

To illustrate the point about how growing amounts of renewables impact coal generation, the Goldman Sachs analysts looked at the recent experience of Spain.

Goldman Sachs says Spain is a good example of how increases in renewable energy production has to be offset by a lower average load among fossil fuel plants. “Rising generation from solar plants in particular (whose output often coincides with the time of peak power demand) can result in lower peak power tariffs, undermining the profitability of many conventional power plants,” it says.



heckuva job

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Graphs: How Wind Power Displaced Coal Power In Spain (Original Post) jpak Aug 2013 OP
Nyuk nyuk nyuk. "...coal...became...mid-merit energy source rather than ...baseload..." kristopher Aug 2013 #1
recommended! Bill USA Aug 2013 #2
Highly! nt kristopher Aug 2013 #3
!VIVA 25% unemployment! .nt quadrature Aug 2013 #4
Caused by a housing bubble and "austerity" jpak Aug 2013 #5


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1. Nyuk nyuk nyuk. "...coal...became...mid-merit energy source rather than ...baseload..."
Mon Aug 19, 2013, 06:05 PM
Aug 2013
"...the daily generation from gas and coal-fired plants was negatively correlated with wind power output, so the profile of coal-fired plants became that of mid-merit energy source rather than the traditional base load profile its cost competitiveness would imply..."

Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2013/08/19/graph-how-wind-power-displaced-coal-power-in-spain/#sfBQDe6sRdFYrQXB.99

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