Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
all correct points, but I think they are, to a large extent, covered by the "cost of intermittency" (cost to the grid) item I mention in my article. New technical solutions do need to be found, but they are not that expensive.

As to voltage control and reactive power, wind turbines have pretty powerful electical control euipement, and actually help stabilize the network, by providing "islands of regulation" in isolated places of the network faraway from the main nodes. The French grid operatos, RTE, which used to be extremely wary of wind, is now happy to use it to keep the network humming.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat May 2nd, 2009 at 01:49:28 PM EST
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