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Too Much of a Good Thing? An Illustrated Guide to Solar Curtailment on California’s Grid

April 3, 2017, Green Tech Media

Bud Earley is quoted in a Green Tech Media article examining how California is managing oversupply of solar power. According to Earley, wind generators are not curtailing because they “generally receive -- in addition to market revenues -- production tax credits, renewable energy credits, and contractual energy payments, which amount to about $130/MWh for the average wind resource.” He adds, “Those payments would be forgone if the resource is not dispatched. If the decremental bid price is too small, wind generators “have no incentive not to generate once they have been accepted in the day-ahead market.”

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