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  •  Actually, no. (0+ / 0-)

    Wind power production is proportional to the SQUARE of wind speed. Thus you get more power if you put your turbine in a location with occasional high-speed gusts instead of steady moderate-speed breezes.

    The latter may be better for managing demand . . . but not if we install long-distance HVDC lines, which could move power around minute-by-minute from wherever the high-speed gusts happen to be.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Wed Jan 28, 2009 at 10:56:07 AM PST

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    •  Thanks for the clarification (1+ / 0-)
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      stronger is better than steady, got it.

      It still appears that the middle of Lake Michigan offers both, including some rip roaring northerlies and I'd like to take a look at deep water wind turbines smack dab in the middle of Lake Michigan with HVDC lines brunning to Milwaukee and points west from there and Muskegon and points east from there.

      Chicago is also a hub connected to both locations.

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      by Bill White on Wed Jan 28, 2009 at 12:09:09 PM PST

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