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  •  But we'd struggle to get to 10% without it ... (4+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, mataliandy, HeyMikey, A Siegel

    ... so the long haul transmission is the binding constraint, and putting it in place relieves the peaking power constraint.

    Out to what level ... I don't know. I'd like to see lots of other things too ... 20% wind, 5% passive and household thermal solar (which may of course reduce the size of peaks, freeing up additional peaking capacity), geothermal (something else that would benefit from better long-haul grid to grid trunk electricity transmission), 20%+ efficiency gains (which may, of course, reduce the size of peaks versus baseline, freeing up additional peaking capacity), farm subsidies swing to soil stewardship income, including sustainable production of biomass from perennial grasses and coppiced wood ...

    ... if there is a roadblock at 30% wind, its not something that troubles me greatly.

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