Renewable Energy

‘Bring on more renewables,’ US regulator says as grid study looms

Wind farm in Goldendale, Washington (Credit: Walter Siegmund).

WASHINGTON, DC — “Wind and solar power does not make the U.S. electricity grid less stable, an outgoing federal regulator said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration readies a study that will examine whether renewable energy has had a harmful effect.

Colette Honorable, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said at a conference that renewables have different attributes than base load power, which includes coal and nuclear energy, and that those difference need to be overcome.

But Honorable stressed that record amounts of wind and solar power had been generated recently without harming the grid.

‘Do I recognize we have to be attendant to supporting the different ways in which renewables work? Yes,’ said Honorable, who was appointed by former president Barack Obama, a Democrat, and who will step down on Friday.

‘I don’t see any problems with reliability, and I say bring on more renewables,’ said Honorable, whose remarks generated warm applause at a conference of the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration arm.

— Timothy Gardner, Reuters

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