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  •  In the Northwest (2+ / 0-)
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    Lawrence, translatorpro

    US, we had a record recently, when wind pumped 4000 megawatts into the regional power grid.  
    A few hours later, however, there were only a few MW of wind available.

    I complained that showed  how capricious wind power is.  But other commentors pointed out it also showed how large swings in wind power can be easily integrated into energy supplies.  So I learned something too.

    However the NW USA power grid also has several massive base load energy sources; big hydroelectric dams, an 1100 mw nuke, and coal burning power plants in Wyoming.  I'd like to see that coal power replaced or cleaned up, but otherwise, this example also illustrates how less-environmentally beneficial power sources still play an important role in energy generation, along wind and solar.

    Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

    by 6412093 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:12:36 PM PST

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    •  The NW U.S. should be able to ramp up to high (1+ / 0-)
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      levels of renewables pretty easily without facing intermittency issues.  There's tons of hydro, which provides base load and is flexible to an extent.

      Furthermore, if ever there was prime pumped hydro storage country, it is in the NW U.S.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 03:16:56 PM PST

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