Sunday, September 25, 2011

Renewables and Coal, or gas ... a partnership

Coal dependence and the renewables paradox « BraveNewClimate:

"When the wind is blowing, or the sun is shining, the fuel consumption of the conventional plants will be reduced. But the need to ensure reliable supply ensures that fossil fuel plants cannot be turned off. As much as these innovative technologies seem to offer an intuitive appeal to energy supply for a large sun-drenched continent, a reliable electricity grid requires reliable dispatchable supply."

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PS ... For a entertaining 'old fashioned lecture' on this, I recommend Professor Vaclav Smil's presentation at the Equinox Summit.

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