Sunday, November 1, 2009

Wind Surplus


On Feb. 24 this year, at 9:30 a.m., for example, wind generation west of Minnesota's Twin Cities was so plentiful relative to demand that wind farms were paying more than $10 an hour to utilities to take their electricity. Wind generators can afford to sell at a small loss because they make $19 a megawatt-hour from a federal production tax credit.

This is a nice article. I was surprised the wind generators do the nuclear plant trick.


Harbles said...

Large scale wind or tidal energy development has to be coupled to energy storage capacity. IMHO

You may be interested in this - 'Air tides cause landslides '.

Harold Asmis said...

If you had good storage capacity, you wouldn't need solar and wind, the nukes would fill up the batteries at night!

Neat air tide article!