So let's now UPDATE the Texas energy market design to take advantage of distributed generation PV solar - tapping that untapped natural energy resource. Electricity generated from PV solar is generated primarily at the peak demand periods.
Combining wind energy, distributed PV solar, and in the longer term - distributed energy storage - will give us a 21st century renewable energy grid in Texas - one that will be much less volatile and much CLEANER than one dependent on fossil fuels!
Excellent article! In Texas, the Public Utility Commission has been wrestling with resource adequacy primarily related to peak demand. They seem to be trying all kinds of market design tweaks, but to this point, seem to be ignoring the obvious opportunity - leverage distributed generation using PV solar. The sun causes our peak demand needs, why not encourage ways to take advantage of it? I would appreciate any assistance you could bring to get the attention of the Texas PUC to seriously consider ways to leverage distributed generation vs just looking a the traditional central generation model.
I am a conservative. Renewable Energy must be a bipartisan issue. It is unfortunate that it gets lumped into partisan gridlock. As I stated, I am a conservative. Everyone should read the report referenced at the end of this article - "What Would Jefferson Do?" If we think we should phase out subsidies for renewable energy, shouldn't we first stop all subsidies for energy sources that have been receiving subsidies the longest?
Clarification to Anonymous - My comment that RE should be a bipartisan issue was not related to support for federal legislation, but that it should not be used by either side as their "own" rally cry. RE is not for/against one side or the other, it is a technology that will continue to advance and most likely be a big part of the world's energy supply in the future. Check out this article - "Solar PV will do to grids what mobiles did to telephony", http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/solar-pv-will-do-to-grids-what-mobiles-did-to-telephony-19153
If we are discussing ending subsidies for renewable energy, then what about ending subsidies for other existing energy sources and farm/crop subsidies? The issue of subsidies for renewable energy is a concern to me as well as to most people, so I have begun to research this topic in more detail. Although the message we generally hear is that renewable energy sources are receiving too much in subsidies, what I have found in various studies is that when taken in the context of a longer period of history, all energy sources have benefited from significant and long-term subsidies. So, if we think we must phase out subsidies on renewable energy sources any time soon, then shouldn't we first make sure that other more mature energy source subsidies are phased out first?