03 May '12, 11pm

How wind power fits into our energy diet

How wind power fits into our energy diet

There’s a bunch of discussion right now on renewable electricity vs. baseload electricity. David Roberts gives a good German example here . Chris Nelder goes so far as to suggest that thanks to renewables, “baseload is doomed ,” while John Farrell suggests that renewable energy is the new and sexy iPad, destined to replace the old baseload typewriter. Meanwhile, in utility land, we see issues like the one that took place in the Northwest last year , with Bonneville Power Association (BPA) forcing the curtailment of wind turbines, on the claim that the grid could not readily accommodate the rising percentage of intermittent resources. So is BPA just a Paleolithic typewriter sales rep, or are these smart writers missing something fundamental about the power grid? I suggest to you that both are right — but that the debate is focusing on the wrong axis. As evidence, consider t...

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