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If you can put together a grid that does not have either backup gas or nukes in it, Id like the link, because I cant get there (how much backup gas the grid has is listed under story and area).

I can't see how they come to the conclusion that 146 GW of nuclear only needs:

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4 GW of pumped storage and 10 GW interconnection with Europe available for balancing electricity supply and demand.

If there are five cold, almost windless, winter days, then up to 1 GW of backup generation capacity will be required to ensure that electricity is always available.

While all-wind (same scenario, just switch nuclear to zero and both wind to max) needs:

2050 Pathways Calculator

4 GW of pumped storage and 10 GW interconnection with Europe available for balancing electricity supply and demand.

If there are five cold, almost windless, winter days, then up to 114 GW of backup generation capacity will be required to ensure that electricity is always available.



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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Oct 12th, 2012 at 02:53:28 PM EST
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