11 May '11, 1am

Why Wind Intermittency is NOT a Big Deal

Why Wind Intermittency is NOT a Big Deal

This article explains, in layman’s terms, how wind energy is just that, energy, and how this is different from capacity or what are called “ancillary services.” It then goes on to quantify the cost of the ups-and-downs of wind energy, based on multiple academic and industry studies — the answer is that it costs about 4 tenths of a cent per kWh. Finally, it asks the question whether this low cost would continue indefinitely as wind grows to be a large part of our power system, or whether there might be limits to the use of variable resources like wind (and solar).

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/05/10/why-wind-intermittenc...

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