PA's renewable energy expert Barbara Sands points out that with the federal grant incentives program for renewable energy expiring in the US, players across the supply chain will need to adapt to remain competitive, and she highlights the ways each is most likely to do so.
Barbara explains that wind energy developers are already grappling with the impact on power prices of the current and projected low cost of natural gas. And she says that natural-gas prices would need to almost triple from the current levels of less than $3.00/MMBtu for renewable energy to begin to be competitive on a total cost-per-megawatt basis.
According to Barbara, assuming the current projected level of natural-gas prices of about $4.50/MMBtu, the capital cost of wind projects would need to be at least 35% lower for wind generation to be competitive with new natural-gas-fired generation.
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