How Wholesale Power Markets Work

Bentham Paulos | Clean Energy States Alliance, U.S. Climate Alliance

The transition to a 100% clean electric supply will likely involve a very large amount of wind and solar power generation. These resources, with very low operating costs and variable output driven by natural forces, fit poorly in wholesale electricity markets premised on the marginal cost of production. In the first of a series of explainers on the impact of 100% clean power on wholesale markets, this white paper explores how power markets work today.

An engaging March 2022 100% Collaborative Webinar on Introduction to Power Markets provided an overview of the content in this report. The webinar recording is available here.

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Date: August 19, 2021

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