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Yes, if it happens to be in an area with sufficient wind resource for the need ... and the advantage of the wind turbine is that the much greater portability of electricity means that an area with a good wind resource for a direct mechanical load will often also have a good wind resource for a 1MW+ utility grade wind turbine, where the mechanical load can be driven electrically with a substantial surplus to sell to the grid.

The application where you do not care so much how abundant the wind resource is, provided there is some usable resource, is a remote from the grid demand that can use an intermittent source ... and the remote applications will naturally be a small portion of total energy consumption.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Fri Jan 23rd, 2009 at 09:53:36 AM EST
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