24 Aug '11, 8pm

How Shutting Down Nuclear Power Is Different Than Wind Power Intermittency #earthquake

How Shutting Down Nuclear Power Is Different Than Wind Power Intermittency #earthquake

Not that by any account I've read any wind turbines have been damaged. Though it's true that nuclear power plants got shut down because of the 5.8 earthquake in Virginia . Some top line similarities at best. But the reason I can't write the same post is that the fact of the matter is the state of Virginia has exactly 0 MW of installed wind power . Neither does Maryland. States farther afield but which still felt a few seconds of mild shaking do have wind turbines, but these were, well, farther away. The better similarity to raise is one that the American Wind Energy Association is pointing out (and Think Progress is as well). There's a difference between the comparatively quick shut off of power to the grid that occurs when a disaster takes a nuclear power plant offline and when winds slow at a wind farm: When large power plants like nukes trip offline, they very often do ...

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