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View Diary: MI wind generation hits 168 billion KWhrs for 2013, CA feeds 4,767 megawatts of solar into grid (41 comments)

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    I am surprised by the magnitudes here - wind and solar combined for over 90% of new capacity in Q1, according to your source.

    Coal could have experienced a decrease in total output over the last year or two, with old plants being retired and replaced by wind/solar/hydro or natural gas.

    Solar, in particular, tends to displace the dirtiest, oldest coal plants.  Many of those old coal plants only needed to be fired up for 100-200 hours per year when demand peaked.  Since peak days are typically the hottest days when solar peaks, those old plants can be mothballed altogether.

    No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. - Edmund Burke

    by AdirondackForeverWild on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 02:24:08 PM PDT

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