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Solar Induced CAISO Power Plant Cycling Up 400%

New research by Renewable Impacts LLC, covering CAISO power plant cycling, revealed that solar induced cycling of fossil fueled plants increased 400% between 2011 and 2013.

Littleton, CO, July 06, 2016 --( Renewable Impacts LLC (RI) announced today that its 3 year research on power plant cycling within the CAISO balancing authority identified a substantial 400% increase in solar cycling causality at over 100 major CAISO fossil fueled power plants. The research used historical hourly load data for the fossil power plants and 11 identified CAISO drivers of cycling. RI modeled the CAISO system using a new and unique "cycling movement" model to define cycling dynamics and causality events.

"Between 2011 and 2013, CAISO reported solar resources were responsible for 1.5%, 2.6% and 7.6% respectively, of all CAISO cycling for the power plants covered by our study," said James R. Schetter, President of Renewable Impacts LLC. Mr. Schetter added, "This 400% increase in solar cycling causality is tied to the movement of solar which goes from zero production to its maximum and back to zero every 24 hours. This suggests that solar resources can cause considerably more power plant wear and tear damage than wind and needs to be studied further."

RI currently offers a free simplied version of the full-featured CAISO cycling causality model to analyze any power plant in any defined balancing authority. The free model is a fully functioning analysis tool intended to assist policy makers evaluating the causality or cause and effect of power plant cycling. This free software can be downloaded at RI also offers comprehensive training to support customer expansion and customization of the model.

About Renewable Impacts LLC
Renewable Impacts is an energy publishing company in Littleton, CO leading the way in power plant cycling causality research, reporting and software. The company's cycling causality impact products provide customers with anlaytic electric system analysis and competitive intelligence. Renewable Impacts was founded by James R. Schetter, an accomplished and published energy professional with a 40 year history of utilizing strong analytic and interpersonal skills to evaluate energy impacts in the utility sector.
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