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Energy and Resources - Subsidies 7 Items

Utility-Scale Wind and Natural Gas Volatility: Uncovering the Hedge Value of Wind for Utilities and Their Customers

Report or White Paper, 2012

This paper explores methods of quantifying natural gas volatility by examining theoretical models as well as case studies of utility hedging strategies. Including these volatility risk premiums in the price of natural gas establishes a basis for even comparison with utility-­scale wind contracts, which enables smarter decision analysis by regulatory agencies, utilities, and ratepayers.


Reinventing Fire Electricity Sector Methodology

Report or White Paper, 2011

This document provides an overview of Reinventing Fire’s electricity sector analysis with a focus on the methodologies and inputs of NREL’s ReEDS and RMI’s dispatch model. The document is divided into two main sections. The first section provides a high-level overview of the ReEDS model and details of RMI’s assumptions that served as ReEDS inputs. Please note: This section relies heavily on NREL’s forthcoming documentation, Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS). This document will be updated when NREL makes its updated ReEDS documentation available. NREL’s documentation provides a detailed explanation of the ReEDS objective function, approach, algorithms, and common assumptions, including important information regarding generation and demand resource inputs, such as renewable resource potential. RMI’s documentation details key inputs or variables that differ from those described in NREL’s own documentation of ReEDS. The second section documents RMI’s dispatch model.


Reply to William Tucker's Critique of Amory Lovins's Article "Nuclear Socialism"

Letter, 2010
On 26 October 2010, The American Spectator published William Tucker's critical article about Amory Lovins's "Nuclear Socialism" article in The Weekly Standard. The American Spectator didn't acknowledge or publish Mr. Lovins's 1 November reply, so on 14 December he posted it as a comment and RMI published it here.


Nuclear Socialism

Journal or Magazine Article, 2010
In this article in The Weekly Standard, Amory Lovins explains why the current 100+% subsidies for new nuclear power plants are still unable to attract private capital, yet violate free-market principles, hazard utilities' and taxpayers' financial health, and should be abolished—along with all other energy subsidies.


Nuclear Power: Economics and Climate-Protection Potential

Journal or Magazine Article, 2005

This paper makes an economic argument against the use of nuclear power. Despite strong governmental support, nuclear power is unfinancible in the private capital market. Nuclear power worldwide has less installed capacity and generates less electricity than its decentralized no- and low-carbon competitors—one-third renewables (excluding big hydroelectric dams), two-thirds fossil-fueled combined-heat-and power. In 2004, these rivals added nearly three times as much output and six times as much capacity as nuclear power added; by 2010, industry forecasts this sixfold ratio to widen to 136–184 as nuclear orders fade, then nuclear capacity gradually disappears as aging reactors retire. These comparisons don’t count more efficient use of electricity, which isn’t being tracked, but efficiency gains plus decentralized sources now add at least ten times as much capacity per year as nuclear power. Empirical data also confirm that these competing technologies not only are being deployed an order of magnitude faster than nuclear power, but ultimately can become far bigger. Full deployment of these very cost-effective competitors could provide ~13–15 times nuclear power’s current 20% share of electric generation—all without significant land-use, reliability, or other constraints. Expanding nuclear power would both reduce and retard the desired decrease in CO2 emissions.


Can Nuclear Power Solve the Energy Crisis?

Journal or Magazine Article, 2001
This article answers the question, can nuclear power solve the energy crisis? According to the authors, nuclear power is too costly, risky, and inefficient to be an answer to the country's energy problems.


Energy: The Avoidable Oil Crisis

Journal or Magazine Article, 1987
This article, published after the oil shocks of the 1970s, details strategies for reducing oil shortages and keeping costs low. The most effective strategy proposed by the authors is substitution.


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