Contrary to sky-is-falling claims by coal-dependent utilities, a new report concludes that dramatic changes in the U.S. power mix, which have forced a significant amount of coal-fired generation offline, do not pose any harm to the reliability of the nation’s power grid. In the last two decades, utilities have announced more than 100 gigawatts of coal plant retirements, which now make up the bulk of plants being pulled offline. In 2015, coal accounted for 80 percent of the nearly 14 GW taken offline. But the new analysis by the Advanced Energy Economy Institute and the American Wind Energy Association shows that as coal gets squeezed out of the marketplace, the addition of newer gas and renewable technologies and an array of advanced energy technologies, including frequency and voltage management, ramping and load-following capabilities, the report’s authors said there is “not a problem on the horizon for reliability.”

– via Reuters / Nichola Groom and Utility Dive / Robert Walton

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