Tag Archives: Wind Power

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

Much of the best wind resource in the country peaks at night time.  To date this has proven challenging for the Texas electricity grid management.  It has been resolved somewhat due to transmission grid upgrades but still promises to limit … Continue reading

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Texas Transmission Line Upgrades Slash Wind Curtailment

Featured on:  CleanTechnica, REneweconomy, and The Energy Collective, By Clayton Handleman It is August and that means the latest version of The Wind Technologies Market Report (WTMR) has been released by the US DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) … Continue reading

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New NREL Data Suggests Wind Could Replace Coal as Nation’s Primary Generation Source

HE Featured on: Greentechmedia, REneweconomy, and The Energy Collective, CleanTechnica I have made some updates in response to feedback from commenters.  These can be identified by the red NOTE designator. By Clayton Handleman The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently … Continue reading

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Ocean Thermal

Ocean Thermal Energy is an interesting technology.  This post on The Energy Collective covers many of the details.  However I think it unlikely that it will be pursued aggressively.  The infrastructure that would need to be put in place would … Continue reading

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Do Wind Turbines Kill Birds? Not so Much.

The Anti-Wind community (yes, there really is such a thing) loves to make up problems that do not exist.  One is to point out the bird kill problem with wind turbines.  This is a “thing” because the first major wind … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy Databook from NREL

Better late than never, NREL put out a renewable energy databook that covers RE through the end of 2013.  It is full of charts and graphs that do a nice job of illustrating RE progress in the US and the … Continue reading

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Energy Bootcamp

  This post offers a good overview of the basics needed to understand energy.   Physics, energy introduction.

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Popular and ‘Best-Of’ Posts

  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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About Storage and the Cost of Peaking Power

Here is an article that suggests that 20% of the cost of electricity comes from operating peakers 100 hours per year i.e. about 1% of the time.  In other words, peakers are at about 6X the price of regular power.  … Continue reading

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Norway Hydro

Norway has large hydro resources of about 30 GW.  This offers storage that can be used to balance intermittent renewables in Europe.  This article lays out many of the details of the opportunities, problems and pitfalls of using Norway as … Continue reading

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