27 Jul '12, 2pm

Wind Turbine Net Capacity Factor — 50% the New Normal?: Filed under: Energy News

Wind Turbine Net Capacity Factor — 50% the New Normal?: Filed under: Energy News

Clean energy haters love to talk about capacity factor because it’s clearly a metric wind, solar, and hydro don’t win at (though, geothermal and biopower actually do very well). However, capacity factor by itself is really not that important. What’s important is the total cost of producing electricity. In the energy field, levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is one of the most important metrics. This is “an estimate of total electricity cost including payback of initial investment and operating costs,” as NREL writes.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/07/27/wind-turbine-net-capa...

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