Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for September 27, 2010

Items of interest:

1-We folks in the Appalachian Mountains have been singing this song for a some time (here, here and here, for example).  Unfortunately, our lawmakers and government agencies are tone deaf.

Is ‘accumulative effect’ coming? – National Wind Watch

2-Lisa Linowes has an excellent piece on the true cost of wind.

Windpower: Not as Free As You Think – MasterResource

3-I wonder if wind developers in the UK use antique tin cups for their begging?  “Ministers are being urged to give guarantees that tax breaks and subsidies for new renewable power projects will remain in place for the long-term”

Business leaders call for more incentives to invest in renewables – The Guardian

4-Spain’s Iberdrola “sees the US as a key growth market largely thanks to the favourable regulatory environment there. The stimulus grants approved by the US government for renewable energy guarantee the company’s growth in this market and allow the reinvestment process to be stepped up. To date the company has received nearly $700 million in grants.

Iberdrola Renewables opens in Portland the most advanced wind energy control facility in the US – REVE

5-Still waiting for the University of Maryland to announce details of the Power Purchase Agreement with US WindForce.  Of course, we’re still waiting for answers about the project in general.

Opinion: Sometimes “calling it in” just isn’t good enough. – Allegheny Treasures

6-I know I keep beating the Putin drum, but the hits just keep coming: (Putin) “has gradually managed to transform Russia from a defunct military superpower into a new global energy hegemony. Henceforth, the creation of an energy dependence on Russia by its neighbors in particular (Turkey included) has become Moscow’s primary foreign policy goal.”

Putin and the weapon of energy – Hurriyet (Turkey)

7-Oh, and more on “real” energy happenings with our “friends” around the world while we play with windmills: “In addition to supplying Russia, China and Iran, we are also taking concrete measures to accelerate progress in the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan and India pipeline in concert with the member countries of this large-scale project,” Berdymukhamedov said at the ceremony in the town of Bagtyyarlyk, near the border with Uzbekistan.”

Turkmenistan open natural gas compression station, enabling sharp boost in supplies to China – Washington Examiner

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2 Responses to Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for September 27, 2010

  1. Dick says:

    The author is dead wrong saying that real time prices are substantially lower than day-ahead prices. The price differences are tiny. There is something called virtual bidding that allows ordinary people like you and I to speculate in threw wholesale market getting on the difference between day-ahead and real-time prices. If there were predictable differences, we could all be millionaires.

    Selling on the the reel time bartlett

  2. Tom Stacy says:

    From what I have seen, Lisa has her facts straight, Dick. Please cite references that support your contention. Bt first reread what Lisa said. All the MCP and real time data are right on the ISO web sites, including MSO, PJM, NYISO and NE. Lisa said that wind bids into real time markets at lower than MCPs, can afford it, and when it is very windy, the glut puts downward pressure on real time markets. RTMs can be much higher or much lower than day ahead MCPs, depending on the mismatch between supply and demand. On average over time, you should be right. If not, then the day ahead system is artificially skewed.

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