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  •  Same old repeated lies... (9+ / 0-)

    that are well known from this commenter. One quick example

    The capacity utilization of solar energy - which has sucked 100's of billions of dollars that might have been used on reliable things - is lucky to hit 10%, meaning that 90% of the time it doesn't work.
    Aside from obviously wrong "lucky to hit 10%", it is completely incorrect and misleading (something I'm sure the commenter is aware of) to claim that an energy source having a capacity factor of X% means "(100 - X)% of the time it doesn't work."

    The closest commercial electricity generating source to my home is a hydro station. Capacity factor: under 60%. So it doesn't work 40% of the time? No, it generates electricity more than 95% of the time.

    The closest non-hydro source to my home is a wind farm that has a capacity factor around 43%. So it doesn't work 57% of the time? No, actually it is generating electricity more than 85% of the time.

    •  and natural gas peakers (1+ / 0-)
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      don't typically break 40%  they aren't running the rest of the time because the power isn't needed.  It's just how the generation is used.

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 10:04:41 PM PST

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