EIA shows higher wind power output cutting into baseload power generation

The Energy Information Administration’s “Today in Energy” series shows with a couple of charts how growing wind power output in the Southwest Power Pool region is cutting into the income of baseload power plants. The effect matters because baseload power plants tend to have the lowest operating costs. As baseload plants get pushed off the … More EIA shows higher wind power output cutting into baseload power generation

Financial regulations add burden to wind power projects

Michael Giberson Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s recently published 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report (pdf) provides a fairly focused look at wind power industry developments. Among the insights: At the same time [as the European debt crisis began creating trouble for some lenders], new banking regulations took hold, driving considerably shorter bank loan tenors (institutional lenders, meanwhile, continued … More Financial regulations add burden to wind power projects

The WSJ’s awful editorial against the wind power industry

Michael Giberson Like the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, I’d like to see the Production Tax Credit for wind and other renewable energy technologies expire at the end of this year as scheduled. So policy-wise, I’m with them. Still, their editorial against the wind power policy yesterday was awful and it deserves public … More The WSJ’s awful editorial against the wind power industry