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  •  That doesn't seem like an excessive amount (2+ / 0-)
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    of storage, considering it's covering part or all of 13 states, but I don't see where you got that figure.  Here:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/... in table 3, it says that to cover 99.9% of the historic load with renewables would require 16.2 GW of solar photovoltaic, 89.7 GW of offshore wind, 124 GW of onshore wind, and 51.9 GW of storage.  Some of the storage would presumably be batteries and some would be hydrogen or other chemical storage.  

    As you can see, wind generation capacity far exceeds storage capacity.  That's the point.  

    Renewable energy brings national global security.     

    by Calamity Jean on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:08:36 AM PST

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    •  Pumped hydro (0+ / 0-)

      Hydro industry say they can get the US to as much as 60 gigs of pumped hydro. I think Pumped hydro is the most mature tech thats off the shelf old school, though I want to see a mix.

      This is a 2.8 Mw unit sold by a Connecticut company:
      http://www.fuelcellenergy.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 Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 11:18:01 AM PST

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