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PS: I don't know about Starvid's bias in that respect, but it seems to me that he was pretty much in agreement with you that wind would have to become much bigger for excessive density to become a problem.

By which time technology may have evolved to make it not a problem at all.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Mon Oct 6th, 2008 at 06:26:27 PM EST
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It's already not a problem where annual incursion is over 20%.  All the short-term backup in virtually all modern grids is already built in.  Demand side management is the new technology which allows for intermittent generation such as wind to co-exist beautifully.

Just think for a moment, over 100% of all electricity in Schleswig-Holstein (which probably includes most of Denmark as well) was for a period from wind.  Not one disco was shut because the turntables revolved too slow.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Oct 6th, 2008 at 06:46:34 PM EST
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if the turntables slowed I would simply change from electronic dancing style to hip-hop dancing style.

The stage 1 and stage 2 energy alerts in California (voluntary energy reduction) have worked in the two years I've lived here. So much of it is purely cultural. Low wind and high temps? Just require commercial lighting to turn off at night so the air conditioners can run.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Mon Oct 6th, 2008 at 07:15:09 PM EST
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