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Friday, June 5, 2009

Wind and Baseload Power Planning

In a presentation to the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute, RENEW Wisconsin's executive director Michael Vickerman reviewed wind generation's role in baseload planning. He also reviewed the perspective on baseload of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA):

+ Baseload power is an obsolete concept
+ Both baseload plants and windpower are primarily energy resources
+ From a flexibility perspective, wind is superior
+ Curtailing windpower to allow inflexible baseload plants to keep operating is inefficient, wasteful and damaging to the environment.

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