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Subject: Re: [OM] [OT] In case you hadn't heard....
From: deebel <deebel@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:43:03 +0000
I've also heard that over a certain windspeed that it is unsafe for the 
turbines to operate which seems rather ironic


On 23/03/2014 18:13, Chris Barker wrote:
> Another snag with wind power is that it is too easy to switch off.  Surplus 
> power is switched off in the UK, so that will give a false picture of the 
> proportion of power produced by wind (or other renewables).
> It also means that the power companies are paying for energy that they can't 
> use.
> Chris
> On 23 Mar 14, at 16:46, Ken Norton <ken@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Chuck wrote:
>>> According to the DOE, Iowa wind farms produced 27.4% of the state's
>>> electrical capacity in 2013... a far cry from being able to supply half
>>> the country.  Unlike the UK which fails to meet the claimed 33%
>>> production from installed capacity, Iowa very slightly exceeds it. When
>>> you figure out how to get rid of all the backup conventional generating
>>> capacity you'll have something.  Meantime you've just managed to
>>> increase the cost and (some would say) blight the land.
>> The DOE estimate is slightly misleading for several reasons. First of
>> all, several major wind farms came online in 2013. We're building them
>> as fast as we can. Secondly, Iowa is an energy exporter. A substantial
>> amount of our wind energy is exported to other states. Thirdly, we've
>> been able to replace mainline coal-fired plants with gas-fired boost
>> plants.

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