NREL: Wind, PV can win in west

California could be a key market for western wind

California could be a key market for western wind

Wind and solar power in some western US states could be cheaper than gas-fired generation by 2025 without the need for federal subsidies, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Researchers at NREL, the US Department of Energy’s primary national renewables research centre, compared the cost of green energy in the most productive west coast locations with that produced by new gas-fired power plants.

Its latest study claims that if issues related to transmission can be overcome then Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado and Montana offer significant opportunities for wind developments to become cost-competitive. California, Arizona and Nevada are the top solar locations.

Wyoming and New Mexico in particular could be areas of robust competition among wind projects aiming to serve California and the Log in to read complete article.

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