[Episode #3] – Limits on the Grid – Part 2

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How energy markets need to change to level the playing field for renewables, how renewables should be valued, and whether wind and solar must "eat their own lunch" by virtue of having a free marginal cost, or whether markets can be adjusted to prevent that. And in the news segment: Shell gives up on the Arctic; the new premier of Alberta does an about-face on fossil fuels; and solar is even cheaper than most energy analysts think (because the data is old).

Geek rating: 7

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Guest:

Bentham Paulos, Principal of Paulos Analysis and Director of the Power Markets Project

On Twitter: @benpaulos
On the Web: www.paulosanalysis.com  | www.powermarkets.org

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[Episode #2] – Limits on the Grid – Part 1

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What the modeling work of our national renewable energy lab tells us about how far renewables can go on the grid under various scenarios, and their real technical limits.

Geek rating: 7

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Guest:

Mackay Miller is Principal Analyst in the US Strategy division of National Grid.

On Twitter: @mackaymiller

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[Episode #1] – The Real War on Coal

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How the real war on coal is about economics, geology, and little skirmishes in local courts, not a national or presidential campaign; and the tragic failing of politics to address the phasing-out of coal that has been going on in the US for many years. And in the news segment: More calls to kill the UK's planned Hinkley Point C nuclear plant; shale drillers' dirty little debt secret; the latest in the battle over the US oil export ban; and what the Fed's inaction says about energy transition.

Geek rating: 1

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Guest:

Michael Grunwald, senior writer at POLITICO and author of The New New Deal – The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era and The Swamp – The Everglades Florida and the Politics of Paradise.

On Twitter: @MikeGrunwald

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