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  •  Thank you for specifiing electric power generation (4+ / 0-)

    because there I agree fully.

    One thing proposed for wind power, to fill in for periods of low or no wind, is to use excess capacity on very windy days to pump water to a higher elevation. Then, when it's not windy, you flow the water back downhill and capture that stored energy with water turbines, which are VERY efficient.

    Wish I'd thought of it.

    It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

    by Fishgrease on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 03:16:32 PM PST

    •  pumped hydro is a great partner for wind (1+ / 0-)
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      We have about 22 gigs of pumped hydro in the US but its mostly matched with coal plants.

      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 Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 11:08:11 AM PST

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