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Limitations of wind energy concern electricity providers

...because of reliability problems, wind power must be supported by more traditional and reliable sources of generation, such as hydroelectric, coal-fired, nuclear, and natural gas generation. Wind generation is intermittent and sometimes poses challenges to load schedulers who manage the transmission grid systems.
8 May 2006

Wind Turbines are Part of the Solution but a Small Part

And, while I agree with Mr. Shutkin that wind power, as a source of clean and renewable energy, should and will play a role in our future energy portfolio, its role will necessarily be small because of its fundamental limitation as an energy source: wind power is ‘intermittent’, i.e. it provides energy only when the wind blows, and, as such, wind power is a source of supplemental, not ‘base load’ energy.
1 Nov 2004
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