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Gas-fired peakers are dirt cheap. They are really nothing but enlarged jet-engines. They can be profitable even if they are only run a few days or weeks per year. Especially as long as gas is cheap, and gas does seem to have a pretty bright future.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Jul 25th, 2013 at 09:27:13 AM EST
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... burn natural gas because its the fuel available that's cheap enough to burn at the low efficiency of peaker plants.

The basic technology has a range of fuels that it can be adapted to work with, so fueling peaker plants adapted to some sustainable renewable fuel, whether biogas or some readily stored product produced with excess harvested energy supply is not tightly constrained in its fuel choice.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Thu Jul 25th, 2013 at 02:38:25 PM EST
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