Challenge for wind power can be reaching customers
During the height of last month's heat wave, millions of people in northern New England were urged to conserve energy and some utilities fired up expensive, dirty sources of power to meet demand.
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Since: Mar 13
#1 Aug 9, 2013
The issue was that the grid operator couldn't afford to have highly variable sources on a grid that was already maxed out. Had the wind kicked up too fast, they could have overloaded the grid and brought it crashing down. Had the wind stopped, they would have had a period when the grid was so over-drawn it could have come crashing down. They needed fully dispatchable sources; i.e., NOT wind.
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