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Speaking of electrical heating. Both in Sweden and France, electrical heating was advocated by the utilities with the reasoning that this can reduce the nuclear-unfriendly daily variability of demand. However, the two load graphs I posted upthread reflect the snag with this: seasonal change. The graph for the first half year of 2010, which includes a heating season, shows lesser variability in total production minus net exports than the first six days of July graph, corresponding to the season when people don't use heating and generally consume less (less need for lights, less TV watching...). So, in the end, electric heating doesn't reduce balancing capacity requirements at all.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jul 8th, 2010 at 03:07:47 PM EST
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