A tale of windy meadows… a bit like what will happen up here with the bird munchers on Mt Emerald….
A comparison of coal, nuclear, combined cycle gas turbines, and wind power for the morning of Friday August 7th. 2015 h/t “jeremyf” on Twitter. Source: http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/
Don Bogard, © 2015 (published here with permission)
The tale below is fictional, but every one of its elements and issues has been or will be experienced somewhere in the process of switching electrical power production from fossil fuels to renewable wind and solar. Hopefully this tale will illustrate in a non-technical way some of these complications and potential issues that can and often will arise. My reference to “city” and “government” and “city fathers” are generic and could apply to different entities and scales.
Visualize a medium-size city with two very functional electrical power plants, each producing 500 Mega-watts of electricity, with one fueled by coal and one by natural gas. (About 2/3 of U.S. power is produced from these two sources.) The…
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