renewable energy cost Articles

  • Economic impact of the valuation of life cycle CO2 emissions from renewable and fossil energy systems

    We use a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) methodology and the Hotelling rule [1,2] to calculate the economic value of CO2 emissions reductions attained through a substitution of renewable energy systems for conventional energy systems in isolated power generation applications. The CO2 abatement value calculated in this way is used to estimate savings in electricity cost associated with PV and Wind ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • `Modeling the Integrated Expansion of the Canadian and U.S. Power Sectors with the Regional Energy Deployment System` Study

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a study entitled "Modeling the Integrated Expansion of the Canadian and U.S. Power Sectors with the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS)”. Funded by OE, this study documents a development effort that created a robust representation of the combined capacity expansion of the U.S. and Canadian electric sectors in the NREL ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Thermodynamic analysis of a geothermal district heating system

    Thermoeconomic analysis is considered a useful tool for investigators in engineering and other disciplines due to its methodology based on the quantities exergy, cost, energy and mass. This study deals with an investigation of capital costs and thermodynamic losses for devices in the Balcova Geothermal District Heating Systems (BGDHS). Thermodynamic loss rate-to-capital cost ratios are used for ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Cost efficient low-emission housing: implications for household cash-flows in Melbourne

    A number of international jurisdictions have articulated a longer term goal of zero emission housing standards. However, in Australia, housing energy efficiency remains a contested policy area. In part, this is due to a lack of clear cost-benefit information on low emission housing standards, including impacts at the household level. This research investigated the lifetime economics of low ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Intermittency of wind: the wider picture

    This paper puts the discussion on intermittency of wind into its wider context: in the first part, it reviews the natural variability of all resources that power renewable energy technologies. This highlights how intermittency of wind influences the degree of variability relative to other renewable energy technologies, but does not change its kind. In the second part, management options for ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Above and Beyond - Green Tariff Design for Traditional Utilities

    This paper describes what draws U.S. commercial and industrial customers to renewable energy, and explores how traditional utilities could build on their strengths to deliver affordable renewable energy to customers. Executive Summary Challenges, from technological advances to evolving emissions regulation and an aging infrastructure, are driving up costs and increasing the risk ...

  • Renewable energies in Tunisia: trends and competitiveness till 2030

    The present work deals with the application of international standards on Tunisian power network in order to predict trend and competitiveness of electric power plants. It was made in partnership with the Renewable Energy Department of the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG–PEREE). Such work is considered as the first strategic study held for the help of STEG and national development ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Australian electricity supply: orientations to growth and prospects for sustainability

    In the new competitive order, Australian electricity systems have been oriented to growth of electricity sales based on low margins and the capture of market share. Electricity is a premium fuel. The second law of thermodynamics testifies to this, as does the relationship between coal-fired electricity and the negative externality of greenhouse warming. Electricity prices should reflect its ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The importance of external costs for the competitiveness of renewable energies

    Low environmental damage is one of the main justifications for solar energy, especially now that supply security has slipped from public consciousness. In recent years, there has been much progress in the analysis of environmental damages, in particular thanks to the ExternE (external costs of energy) Project of the European Commission. This note presents a brief summary and comparison of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Energy Contract Renewals: 6 Reasons why you should start planning ahead...

    We recommend that businesses look at planning for their energy contract renewals at least 12 months in advance to enable you to access the most competitive competitive energy contract prices - but that's not the only reason. Here we have listed 6 of the most important reasons for you to plan ahead in placing your next business gas and electricity contracts... 1) You need to budget for your ...


    By Inprova Energy

  • Virginia Set to be Powered by Green Energy in 3 Years

    Virginia government officials have announced that the state is expected to get nearly 45% of its energy from renewable sources by the beginning of 2022. According to these estimations, the target established in a recent executive order by Gov. Ralph ...


    By CleanEnergyAuthority.com

  • Optimisation of renewable forest fuel supply for more sustainable energy production of CHP plant in Finland

    In this study, a potential fuel procurement planning model to sustainable energy production problems is considered. In Finland peat is commonly used as a fuel of energy plants. However, it is recently considered as non-renewable fuel. Therefore, we tested the model using Finnish Government’s peat fuel tax policy decisions for sustainable energy production. However, due to the complex nature ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Planning of the grid integration of wind energy in Germany onshore and offshore up to the year 2020

    The ongoing penetration of large amounts of wind power capacities in Germany has strong impacts on the necessary promotion volumes (direct costs of Renewable Energy Source (RES) promotion) but also on necessary grid extensions, the future need for regulating and reserve power capacities, the thermal power plant system and the electricity price for end-consumers (indirect effects). On behalf of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An integrated assessment for wind energy in Lake Michigan coastal counties

    The benefits and challenges of onshore and offshore wind energy development were assessed for a four‐county area of coastal Michigan. Economic, social, environmental, and spatial dimensions were considered. The coastal counties have suitable wind resources for energy development which could contribute toward Michigan's ten percent renewable energy standard. Wind energy is cost‐effective with ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • How Green Tariffs Can Benefit Utilities and Consumers

    The challenges facing the electricity sector in the U.S. have been widely discussed in the last year—issues ranging from evolving pollution controls to slow growth in demand. In particular, many utilities see the rise of small-scale, distributed solar power as a threat to their ...

  • The Energy Revolution is Here

    We live in an exciting time. Yes, glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, and in my new home in the Western United States, earlier snowmelts, longer summers, and hotter temperatures have made wildfires 400 percent more frequent. And yet, there are encouraging signs we are in the midst of an energy revolution that is sure to transform our climate, our economy, and our lives for the better. ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Between populism and price increases: Who will pay for the cost of renewable energy?

    As feed-in tariffs gain traction as a policy mechanism of choice, we must keep in mind the bigger picture of the financial health of developing country electricity sectors. It was not too long ago that the World Bank and other international financial institutions were drawing attention to the soaring debt levels of developing country utilities. In order for feed-in tariffs or other ...

  • Design of an autonomous renewable hybrid power system

    This paper presents the development of an optimisation model for the design of an autonomous solar-wind hybrid system in combination with battery bank and diesel generator. The performance of solar and wind system is evaluated using new practical mathematical models, in combination with hourly measured meteorological data. Loss of power supply probability technique is used as a key system ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 3 Steps to Help You Prepare for your Next Energy Contract Renewal

    Knowing your energy contract is up for renewal is one thing; getting the best deal on your energy procurement is another. With many contracts ...


    By Inprova Energy

  • Winning the Future: Grand Ronde Solar Projects Reduce Pollution, Cut Costs

    Challenge: Situated on nearly 12,000 acres in the heart of Western Oregon’s scenic coastal range, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon has a strong connection to the earth and nature and a deep commitment to environmental stewardship. Landless from 1954 until 1983 when the Grand Ronde Restoration Act returned a portion of its land base, the Tribe has ...


    By US Department of Energy

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