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  WIND: WIND INTERMITTENCY IS EXAGGERATED – NREL study shows US wind potential is larger and more stable than previously thought with capacity factors of 65% available, see details HERE.  Better even than Handleman Post predictions, that capacity factors of … Continue reading

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Load Shifting With Electric Vehicles is a Great Match to Wind in Many Areas

Featured on: REneweconomy, Cleantechnica By Clayton Handleman EVs charge mostly at night.  As EV battery prices drop and become a mass market item they offer the opportunity to soak up night time peaks allowing larger capacity of night peaking renewables … Continue reading

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To Harden or Add Resilience – What is Next For The Grid

Hoping to have time to write this out in detail, but key links are here. Government incompetence is beginning to scare me.  While there is probably some low hanging fruit in hardening the grid, making it more resilient through redundancy … Continue reading

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Hydro and Tranmission = Better Utilization of Wind

  http://climatecrocks.com/2014/02/04/transmission-allows-wind-storage-in-canada/

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Transmission Line Upgrades Could Unlock The ‘Saudi Arabia’ of Wind

By Clayton Handleman   Featured on CleanTechnica.com Wind is widely considered the most environmentally friendly source of electrical generation available.  It is no secret that the wind resource in the Great Plains states is extraordinary, so much so that wind … Continue reading

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The ‘Super Grid’ is Super Important for Renewables Part III

The first two installments of – The ‘Super Grid’ is Super Important for Renewables here and here – show where the the most renewable resources are and background on a concept for a nationwide Super Grid to aggregate those renewable … Continue reading

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The ‘Super Grid’ is Super Important for Renewables Part II

In an earlier post The ‘Super Grid’ is Super Important for Renewables I looked at why a more robust grid is important if we are to dramatically expand the use of renewable energy.  In short, it provides a way to … Continue reading

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The ‘Super Grid’ is Super Important for Renewables Part I

Forbes recently released an interesting article on the importance of grid expansion in the US.  They did a nice job of highlighting some of the critical issues.  Upgrading the electric power transmission system is an infrastructure upgrade that can contribute … Continue reading

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DC Power Transmission

It is great to see Reuters bring to the public the esoteric but very important topic of High Voltage DC Power Transmission.  This is the technology that could be taking power from the Great Plains to the coasts.   I think … Continue reading

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Superconducting Power Transmission

Nice article on first utility scale power transmission using superconductors. http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/the-smarter-grid/superconductors-enter-commercial-utility-service

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