We are looking at Wind energy wrong.

This article confirms the limitations of the current approach to using wind electricity.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/project_syndicate/2012/03/lomborg_wind_power_is_cheap_only_compared_with_other_alternative_energies_.html

Replacing fossil fuel generated electricity with wind is just a slice of the potential of wind energy.

The question is how much back up power does a wind farm need.

100%. We saw why in 2008, designed a microgrid solution in 2009, and that became very unpopular with the wind industry because we were solving a problem that was hidden in the closet.

Hiding this issue in the closet has led to wind generation providing less than half of the value and CO2 displacement that wind energy could provide.

Bringing it out of the closet is now essential, the energy production capability is in place. Now it’s all about how to best use that energy.

In my vision we’ll start being very glad we have that potential energy source but we still have a mental model to get over.

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