Cape Wind, the offshore wind energy project that has run a decade-plus marathon against rich NIMBY activists trying to attack it from any angle, would reduce the price of electricity in the New England region by $7.2 billion over 25 years, according to a new study published by economic consulting firm Charles River Associates.
In particular, it is wind’s $0 cost of fuel and the “merit order” effect, which we’ve written about many times, that would drive down the cost of electricity.
“The report shows that ISO New England, the electric grid operator, first dispatches electric generating units with the lowest cost fuel. Since Cape Wind’s fuel – wind – is zero cost, the report states that Cape Wind will displace higher priced and polluting fossil fueled units resulting in average savings of $286 Million per year in New England.”
The Charles River Associates report is entitled, “Update to the Analysis of the Impact of Cape Wind on Lowering New England Energy Prices.”
“The increase in price suppression in the report update was attributed primarily to an increase in power plant retirements and a larger price difference between natural gas and fuel oil,” a news release noted.
“Price suppression in wholesale electric markets occurring as a result of wind power projects has been documented in Europe and in several U.S. power markets. Price suppression from wind power was noted in the 2009 report entitled, ‘New England Governors’ Renewable Energy Blueprint’, which stated ‘All of the wind resource potential could provide downward pressure on the marginal prices for energy within the New England electricity market…this price pressure would ultimately benefit New England consumers.'”
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Source: Cape Wind
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