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for a large share of production capacity in windmills with little backup from gas or coal plants, the ratio is likely to be much worse. 3? 4? May be more?

Around 4 is about right. A month or two ago I showed a calculation that about an eighth of the 21% of the US land area suitable for wind power development 80 m above ground would be needed with this capacity factor. (More if long-distance transmission is to be used heavily for balancing.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Mar 9th, 2006 at 07:13:19 AM EST
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