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Wind power is a bit of a paradox to me. On one hand it's good to see more of it as compared to say coal power but on the other, it seems that we're missing something. I guess I've come to this because I see a lot of parallels between wind power now and hydro power at the time of water wheels, particularly in that both were/are essentially free forms of power with no obvious side effects or constraints, aside from the obvious energy input requirements.

Water power of course progressed from water wheels using only a portion of the energy available to dams capturing all of it. So individually the water wheels had little impact but when you increased the scale enough, the impacts became very significant. With the lack of apparent physical constraints on wind, I can see something similar happening. Is this something at all discussed in the industry?

by Jace on Sun Jan 23rd, 2011 at 12:00:49 AM EST

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