31 Oct '16, 11am

Adding Wind Energy is Not As Easy as Building Wind Turbines

Adding wind energy is not as “simple” as building wind farms. It also means constructing new transmission lines. Both Germany and China know this first hand. The Guardian newspaper has reported that the German government is paying wind producers to hold back when it comes to generating power — because its grid is unable to handle the additional capacity. And MIT’s Technology Review is reporting that China has the same problem. Referencing the BBC TV network, it says that because the country has so many coal plants, there is little room for green electrons; coal plants can’t just turn off and off, resulting in wind plants curtailing as much as 15 percent of their power. According to MIT, the same scenario will become increasingly likely around the globe. It makes specific note of India and Australia. It points to Texas as an example of good stewardship, emphasizing though t...

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