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Response to joshcryer (Reply #84)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:49 AM

88. More *willful* confusion?

Why generators are terrified of solar

Here is a pair of graphs that demonstrate most vividly the merit order effect and the impact that solar is having on electricity prices in Germany; and why utilities there and elsewhere are desperate to try to reign in the growth of solar PV in Europe.
It may also explain why Australian generators are fighting so hard against the extension of feed-in tariffs in this country...



Generators

Merit order effect

Utilities


Nope, nothing about consumers. It is completely obvious that the article is about the wholesale market and the profits of the nonrenewable sector. I'm also sure that there is a downward pressure on retail prices from what is discussed even though the article is not about that and makes no attempt to present it or quantify it. If you are interested on the retail side I just posted a study looking at a similar consequence expected from Cape Wind where the savings from this downward pressure over 25 years was expected to be $7.2 billion.

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