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DoE urged to re-run IRP base case without ‘artificial constraints’

Engineering News – ONLINE

08 December 2016

A call has been made for the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case to be re-run in order to generate a “least-cost” outcome that is free from the “artificial constraints” imposed on renewable energy in the current draft.

The base case, published by the Department of Energy (DoE) on November 22, outlines a proposed electricity generation mix to 2050. It has been generated, however, using a computer model that places constraints on how much wind and solar can be introduced in a single year. It also uses cost assumptions for renewables that are higher than those that have already been achieved during the most recent bidding rounds.  Read more here…

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