More on Efficient Trade Between Power Markets

Michael Giberson A paper by Giorgia Oggioni and Yves Smeers, “Degree of coordination in market-coupling and counter-trading,” examines the value of improving coordination between separate-but-interconnected power markets. (A post here last week cited a recent Windpower Monthly article that provides a good non-technical discussion of the issue. If you are not familiar with market coupling, … More More on Efficient Trade Between Power Markets

The Right Market Design for Trade Between Power Markets

Michael Giberson Windpower Monthly has a great article describing changes in the market for transmission capacity between power systems in Europe and the benefits of the changes.  Here is a summary by way of selected quotes, but the full story is worth reading: Most of the electricity cables connecting Europe were built when electricity systems … More The Right Market Design for Trade Between Power Markets

Tres Amigas Gets Half a Loaf from Ferc, Tips on Gaining Other Half

Michael Giberson On March 18, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission acted on the Tres Amigas project’s two regulatory requests submitted last October.  Tres Amigas has proposed to link the large scale power interconnections covering the eastern and western halves of the United States with the ERCOT interconnection in Texas.  The New Mexico-based project would facilitate … More Tres Amigas Gets Half a Loaf from Ferc, Tips on Gaining Other Half

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities: European Electric Grid Expansion Version

Michael Giberson Today ten companies announce “Friends of the Supergrid,” a group dedicated to promoting policy support for a massive power grid to link offshore wind resource areas to European power markets. The project would also enhance the ability to trade power between regions. The group complements the “North Seas Countries’ Offshore Grid Initiative” announced … More In Dreams Begin Responsibilities: European Electric Grid Expansion Version

Inside the Ercot Control Center

Michael Giberson David Wagman, chief editor of Power Engineering magazine, toured the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ primary control center in Taylor, Texas as part of a group attending the Renewable Energy World Conference in Austin.  If you wonder what ERCOT’s control center is like: Inside the control room, the most striking feature is the … More Inside the Ercot Control Center

Integrating Variable Energy Resources to the Electric Power Grid

Michael Giberson Are their barriers impeding integration of variable energy resources to the electric grid? FERC wants to know: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) seeks comment on the extent to which barriers may exist that impede the reliable and efficient integration of variable energy resources (VERs) into the electric grid, and whether reforms are … More Integrating Variable Energy Resources to the Electric Power Grid

Texas and the Tres Amigas Interconnection

Michael Giberson Over the holiday NYTimes.com posted a story by ClimateWire reporter Peter Behr that does a pretty good job of describing the proposed Tres Amigas project (proposing to link the three main electric regions in the U.S. – Eastern, Western, and Texas) and surrounding issues.  Among other things, the story provides a good short … More Texas and the Tres Amigas Interconnection

The Benefits of the Proposed Tres Amigas Interconnection

Michael Giberson Both of the Tres Amigas filings at FERC (see background) provide summaries of the anticipated benefits of the proposed interconnection between the Eastern, Western, and ERCOT interconnections.  Each of the five kinds of benefits listed below seem plausible to me.  While estimating the size of the benefits would require a lot of hard … More The Benefits of the Proposed Tres Amigas Interconnection

Tres Amigas Project Discussed on Public Radio Show

Michael Giberson My most recent 15 seconds of fame*: The Environment Report: The ‘Tres Amigas’ Project. (Or, if you prefer, you can listen to today’s full 4:00 minute news segment.) In the segment I make the outrageous claim** that the project is located in an area where many renewable power resources will be built.  The … More Tres Amigas Project Discussed on Public Radio Show

Long-Distance Transmission Complements “Local Self Reliance”

Michael Giberson A few weeks ago we mentioned commentary by John Harrell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance asserting that the “last thing renewable energy needs right now are new transmission lines.”  The ILSR has a recent study suggesting the almost every state could be energy self sufficient relying only on in-state renewable power … More Long-Distance Transmission Complements “Local Self Reliance”