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ERCOT Energy Use up 2.2% in 2015; Wind Surpasses Nuclear

ERCOT reported a 2.2% increase in energy usage within its region of Texas in 2015, fueled by a record-breaking summer that brought a new peak demand record approaching 70,000 MW. The Texas grid operator released a report Jan. 15 that indicated the system consumed 347,522,945 MWh of electricity last year, nearly 7.5 million MWh more than in […]

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Wholesale power prices decrease across the country in 2015

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on SNL Energy Wholesale electricity prices at major trading hubs on a monthly average basis for on-peak hours were down 27%-37% across the nation in 2015 compared with 2014, driven largely by lower natural gas prices. Because natural gas-fired generation sets the marginal price in many markets, wholesale electricity […]

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Getting To 100% Renewable Energy In the US

Getting to 100% renewable energy in the US by 2050 is a goal that is gaining traction among the US public. Reports from many environmental organizations have been written on how to get to this target, including from Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Foundation. After last year’s COP21 conference, the momentum has gotten stronger in […]

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Wind generation in November blew through a 31-month-old record share of total energy in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, a new report shows, and an expert said it contributed to ERCOT’s low on-peak power prices that month. Wind farms supplied 18.4% of the independent system operator’s total load in November, compared with October’s 12.3%, […]

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Monthly power sector carbon dioxide emissions reach 27-year low in April

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review Note: Data exclude emissions from biomass energy consumption. The electric power sector emitted 128 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MMmt CO2) in April 2015, the lowest for any month since April 1988, according to the most recent estimates in EIA’s Monthly Energy Review. In any year, April is typically the […]

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Gallup: Public support waning for nuclear, coal power

Just five years ago support for nuclear power reached 62%, buoyed by announcements that the United States would construct two new facilities after a three-decade hiatus. But a new poll from Gallup shows support has plunged, largely in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster but also as renewable energy sources have become more prominent and […]

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