Edward N. Krapels

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Stories by Edward N. Krapels

Paris withdrawal won’t deter wind, solar

Paris withdrawal won’t deter wind, solar

Clean energy economics becoming irresistible

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WITHDRAWAL from the Paris climate agreement, and the reactions to that retreat, are more theater than substance.  Whether the United States is in or out does little to prevent the rise of clean energy at the expense of coal, nuclear, and other traditional sources of electric power. There are two reasons. One is(...)

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Don’t forget about transmission

Don’t forget about transmission

Rick Perry had the right idea in Texas

EARLIER THIS MONTH my company, Anbaric, announced a new partnership with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan that enables funding to create up to $2 billion in renewable energy transmission and microgrid projects. At first glance, we make an unusual team – a transmission company and a reputable institutional investor with $171 billion in assets. But(...)

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With renewables, intermittency is a problem

With renewables, intermittency is a problem

Combo wind-hydro approach makes sense

Progress continues in the New England clean energy revolution: Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island recently announced their intention to negotiate seven power contracts with wind and solar developers selected through an unusual three-state bidding process. The contracts will hold the potential for 452 megawatts of renewable energy, but because wind and solar projects can generate(...)

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States are where clean energy action is

States are where clean energy action is

Texas is leading the way on wind, solar

ON THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE and energy policy, the candidates for president couldn’t be farther apart, as evidenced by their brief exchange at last week’s first debate. For Hillary Clinton, decisive action is needed immediately to head off “the most catastrophic consequences” of global warming. Donald Trump has often used the word “hoax” to(...)

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Long-term energy contracts make sense

Long-term energy contracts make sense

Locking in prices better than relying on spot market

The headline of a recent CommonWealth magazine story states, “Clean power will cost more.” Although presented as simple fact, the headline actually begs a more complicated question: “More than what?” The story endorses the notion that ratepayers are more exposed to higher costs through long-term contracts rather than short-term energy transactions. But given the volatility(...)

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It’s time for a clean energy two-fer

It’s time for a clean energy two-fer

One transmission line can deliver wind, hydro

MASSACHUSETTS ELECTRICITY COSTS were well above the national average in 2014 for households and businesses, according to federal data. After paying $3 billion in excess electric costs in the winter of 2013-14 and another billion in 2014-15, it’s time for our region to make the tough decisions. That’s why it was good to see the(...)

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Competition works

Competition works

Long-term renewable energy contracts should be put out to bid

massachusetts is committed to the principle that approximately 20 percent of its existing electric generation capacity should be replaced by a combination of efficiency measures and renewable energy. On the demand side, this commitment has already spawned a boomlet of energy efficiency initiatives that are having a substantial impact on electricity demand. On the supply(...)

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