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Articles by Fereidoon Sioshansi

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Welcome to the world of excess solar and “free” electricity

Welcome to the world of excess solar and “free” electricity

Welcome to the brave new world of plentiful, variable, zero marginal cost renewable energy, By all indications – we ain’t seen nothing yet

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Innovation, disruption and the utility business model

Innovation, disruption and the utility business model

The power sector’s rapid transformation has barely started, but implications for incumbents are beginning to be felt and speculated.

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New York's energy system: The times they are a changin’

New York’s energy system: The times they are a changin’

New York grid operator says future grid will not only become more decentralized and de-carbonized, but it will increasingly be bi-directional, if not multi-directional.

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Peak oil? Sooner than you think

Peak oil? Sooner than you think

Once peak oil is finally reached – whenever that is – demand will begin to drop thereafter, perhaps precipitously.

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Saving coal is like saving Titanic, only harder

Saving coal is like saving Titanic, only harder

Coal’s long term prospects do not look good in the US, or for that matter anywhere else

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Turning point: solar power now cheaper than wind energy

Turning point: solar power now cheaper than wind energy

The inevitable has apparently happened; utility-scale solar-generated power appears to be cheaper than wind – and both are cheaper than fossil-fuel generated power.

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Peak car ownership will speed up peak oil demand

Peak car ownership will speed up peak oil demand

New ownership models and technological advances will utterly transform the mobility market. And that’s bad news for Big Oil.

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In time, all cars will be electric, driverless and running on renewables

In time, all cars will be electric, driverless and running on renewables

Whether EVs will be charged from rooftop panels – as Tesla etc would like it – or from a network of charging stations – as utilities would like it – it is only a matter of time.

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Watch out for virtual utilities, virtual power plants

Watch out for virtual utilities, virtual power plants

Startups are figuring out ways to beat incumbents in their own game. Virtual power plants may be the answer.

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California’s duck curve has arrived earlier than expected

California’s duck curve has arrived earlier than expected

California grid operator under-estimated speed of solar uptake by at least 4 years – and the belly of the duck is getting fatter much sooner than expected.

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How long to wean the world off fossil fuels?

How long to wean the world off fossil fuels?

It is hard to imagine a day when fossil fuels will be used sparingly. But with carbon now officially a liability, and renewables moving mainstream, chances are humanity can kick the habit much faster than previously thought possible.