You get what you pay for. Clean power mandates in the US mandate that we buy megawatt-hours of clean energy, but they don’t mandate that those sources be reliable. This isn’t to say that clean energy can’t be reliable, but rather that it is mis-priced. Increasingly, this is causing conflicts for utilities, who have purchase obligations that conflict with their obligations to serve their customers. That conflict need not exist – but fixing it will require re-thinking how we structure our clean power mandates. Buying by the MWh For the past 33 years, the US has maintained policies that have …
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Sean Casten is president & CEO of Recycled Energy Development, LLC, a company devoted to profitably reducing greenhouse emissions.
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