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Publications

"Green Hydrogen and Electrolysis Load Factor: The Elephant in the Room"

Excitement currently abounds about the prospects of using green hydrogen for clean electricity generation.  But there is a proverbial elephant in the room that no one is talking about.  Read about the pesky pachyderm and solutions for it in this Power Engineering article.

"The Federation: Enabling interregional electric transmission development and operation"

Read this February 2021 article in The Electricity Journal on how to use interregional HVDC transmission to aggregate wholesale, time-diversified renewable energy into products of varying reliability and associated pricing, and offer it to the organized wholesale markets. The Goal: Higher levels of clean energy than individual utilities, states, and corporations can otherwise achieve.

“Why Individual Electric Utilities Cannot Achieve 100% Clean Energy”

 

Announcing plans to achieve 100% clean energy is popular right now.  Read this article from The Electricity Journal to learn why it is not physically or economically possible, and how to solve it using interregional transmission and long duration storage like Power from the Prairie.

 

 

“On the Value of Time-Diversified Renewable Energy Enabled by Interregional Transmission”

 

Using interregional transmission like Power from the Prairie, utilities and others can achieve higher levels of renewable energy due to time-diversity between renewable sources.  This article from The Electricity Journal provides two examples of how to do it.

 

"Why the Vision of Interregional Electric Transmission Development in FERC Order 1000 is Not Happening"

FERC Order 1000 envisioned interregional electric transmission development in the US. Read this article from The Electricity Journal that describes why, after nearly ten years, it is not yet happening and potential solutions.

 

 

“100% Clean Energy: The California Conundrum”

 

California leads the way toward 100% clean energy going forward.  Read this article from The Electricity Journal that describes the challenges involved and solutions to achieve it.

 

Enabling Large-Scale Renewables in the Upper Midwest

 

How to pack 3,300 MW of renewables down an existing 2,400 MW HVDC transmission line from Utah to Southern California?  Read about it in this January 2018 Power Engineering article.

 

"Market and Tariff Challenges to Grid-Level Energy Storage"

 

Thinking about using grid-level energy storage to enable renewables in an RTO or ISO?  Read about the challenges involved and solutions for them in this paper.

Gregory County Pumped Storage with Renewables Feasibility Study

 

How to combine 1200 MW of pumped hydro storage and 2,400 MW of wind energy to create a dispatchable, 100% renewable, baseload energy resource for the future.

 

Lessons from Iowa

 

The lessons-learned in the proposed 270 MW Iowa Stored Energy Park compressed air energy storage (CAES) project.  This summary report is the DOE “cookbook” on how (and how not) to do a CAES facility enabling wind development in an ISO.  For the detailed references, consult www.lessonsfromiowa.org