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  •  WInds price points are attracting capital (10+ / 0-)

    by the billions in offshore HVDC projects to support wind development on the east coast of the US and in the North Sea.

    The presence or lack of Mandates, FIT, carbon tax might slow or accelerate the flow, but the market is investing never the less.

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 12:27:21 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, I know. (6+ / 0-)

      One just has to look at South America and see wind energy winning virtually all energy production auctions to realize how wind is really starting to stomp conventional sources in regards to new power generation going online.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 03:47:14 PM PDT

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      •  ANd storage is starting to come online (5+ / 0-)

        Arizona: Solar thermal, and Spain expanding wind powered pumped hydro to 1700Mw.

        FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 04:05:33 PM PDT

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        •  And we're seeing the first viable grid-level (8+ / 0-)

          battery storage systems come online:

          Vanadium Flow Battery to Provide Grid-Level Storage for Gills Onions

          By Sustainable Plant Staff May 1, 2012 05:20:54 pm

          What is claimed to be the largest flow battery system in the world capable of storing and delivering grid-scale power instantaneously has received permission to operate from the local utility and will begin full operation in the weeks ahead, announced Prudent Energy, the manufacturer of the vanadium redox battery energy storage system (VRB-ESS). The project's commissioning marks a significant point in the deployment of large-scale electricity storage systems and will be used to expand onsite power generation at an agricultural processing facility in California owned by Gills Onions.

          Prudent's VRB-ESS allows utility customers to balance load, bridge generation, and regulate voltage and frequency, in one low-maintenance system. The systems are used by commercial and industrial companies to reduce operating expenses and provide backup power. Unlike other advanced energy storage systems, Prudent's VRB is highly scalable, charges and discharges completely without decreasing power capacity, and contains an energy-bearing electrolyte that never wears out.

          http://www.sustainableplant.com/...

          Once these types of systems start going modular and starting getting mass-produced, they will be a real game changer.

          "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

          by Lawrence on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 04:15:09 PM PDT

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