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This is old news, but the picture isn't complete without the addition of the grid issue. On the system level, now that the scaremongering about threatening power shortage due to nuclear shutdowns and intermittent renewables doesn't work any more, attacks against renewable expansion now focus on the ability of the power grid to distribute temporary local peaks in production (like strong winds over the North Sea). Most of these attacks are grounded in a biased to highly misleading interpretation of current events (see Enron's disciples in Germany? for an example). However, it's worse that the assessments of future network capacity utilisation (prepared by grid operators) include forecasts of too high coal-fired plant production, higher than even the government plan. So who is really clogging up lines?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 26th, 2013 at 07:50:00 AM EST
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