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European electric utilities still struggling with renewable revolution

Featuring Henry Edwardes-Evans and Ross McCracken

October 21, 2014 15:44:00 EST (11:11 mins)

Ross McCracken, managing editor of Platts publication Energy Economist, joins Henry Edwardes-Evans, associate director for European power, to look at the future of renewable power in Europe. A new German study, the Kombikraftewerke 2, has made a case that a 100% renewables energy system is technically feasible, combining wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydro power.


With the use of more technology, including the use of IT to link elements of the system, it could be possible to provide voltage, frequency and reactive power with a minimum of additional investments. However, the changes necessary for an all-renewables system threatens the business models on which the industry is based, including capacity markets, and the path ahead would be anything but easy.

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