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    Blowin' in the wind

    Wind briefly powered more than 50 percent of electric demand on Sunday, the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said, for the first time on any North American power grid.

    SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana.

    Wind power in the SPP region has grown significantly to over 16,000 MW currently from less than 400 megawatts in the early 2000s and is expected to continue growing. One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes.

    "Ten years ago, we thought hitting even a 25 percent wind-penetration level would be extremely challenging, and any more than that would pose serious threats to reliability," SPP Vice President of Operations Bruce Rew said in a statement.

    "Now we have the ability to reliably manage greater than 50 percent wind penetration. It's not even our ceiling," Rew said.

    Wind power briefly reached 52.1 percent at 4:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, SPP said on Monday, beating the previous penetration milestone of 49.2 percent.

    Wind penetration is a measure of the amount of total load served by wind at a given time.
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    Some folks will HATE it. Some Republican Congressional candidates will vow to go to Washington to 'break Big Wind'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Some folks will HATE it. Some Republican Congressional candidates will vow to go to Washington to 'break Big Wind'.
    I told you before about the people in Vermont claiming they are getting sick from the windmills and want them stopped? Now Massachusetts is looking into the sickness. Yea those kinds. lol

    https://windwisema.org/about/noise/w...ustic-disease/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    Awesome!

    "Now we have the ability to reliably manage greater than 50 percent wind penetration. It's not even our ceiling," Rew said."



    Am happy with wind being a good supplemental source of electrical power. But the comment that they can "reliably manage greater than 50% penetration" seems a little over the top.

    Wind is about as unpredictable as any fuel source we use. It is not what most would consider to be reliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Some folks will HATE it. Some Republican Congressional candidates will vow to go to Washington to 'break Big Wind'.
    Lol, only if they have beans for lunch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post

    "Now we have the ability to reliably manage greater than 50 percent wind penetration. It's not even our ceiling," Rew said."



    Am happy with wind being a good supplemental source of electrical power. But the comment that they can "reliably manage greater than 50% penetration" seems a little over the top.

    Wind is about as unpredictable as any fuel source we use. It is not what most would consider to be reliable.
    So? Are we required to just do one thing? It's not a contest where the winner takes all, it's like an investment, don't put all your eggs in one basket. Hedge, baby, hedge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    I told you before about the people in Vermont claiming they are getting sick from the windmills and want them stopped? Now Massachusetts is looking into the sickness. Yea those kinds. lol

    https://windwisema.org/about/noise/w...ustic-disease/
    I never heard of this. Well, you ever see Erin Brockovich? If we can deal with the course of electricity from other sources causing illnesses, we can manage to make this better and remove the risk to people's ears.

    Not unsolvable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    I never heard of this. Well, you ever see Erin Brockovich? If we can deal with the course of electricity from other sources causing illnesses, we can manage to make this better and remove the risk to people's ears.

    Not unsolvable.
    Yeah, and we should worry more about the many bird and bat deaths caused by wind turbines. Hopefully there's a solution to that, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Yeah, and we should worry more about the many bird and bat deaths caused by wind turbines. Hopefully there's a solution to that, too.
    There is:



    edit: The reason this produces six times more energy guys, is because it works when the wind is too slow for the big windmills, so it works more often.

    There are actually several alternative designs to the conventional windmill.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlxz-KzebbQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFPFVMBkqw8

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Yeah, and we should worry more about the many bird and bat deaths caused by wind turbines. Hopefully there's a solution to that, too.
    Yeah, but birds are kinda stupid. They fly into skyscrapers and die.
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