ROCKMAN wrote:An update for folks that continually pooh-pooh wind power:
In Texas 25% of the electricity consumed last March was supplied by wind power according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. That was the biggest share ever for renewables in the Lone Star State. And now solar is beginning to boom in Texas.
And remember two important aspects. First, Texas consumes more electricity then any other state. In fact 50% more then #2 CA. Second, Texas wind power growth was based solely on its economic viability. Essentially the public in Texas feels no obligation to reduce GHG generation: if wind had not expanded we would have just burned more NG and lignite. Texas didn't wait like so many others for commercial storage systems to become economic: it maintained its fossil fuel burners to deal with any intermittency issues.
Obvious, under the right physical and economic conditions alternative energy source can be very viable.
I think wind power is a wonderful supplement to baseliad power. In fact I advocate my municipalty to install a couple of them here where it is frequently.
The problem is the large number of folks who insist it can be baseliad power independent of other sources. Those baseload plants have to make a profit or they get removed.