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Response to hunter (Reply #7)

Mon May 14, 2018, 10:05 PM

8. We are a long way from getting rid of natgas power plants but not so far from saying bye to coal and

We are a long way from getting rid of natgas power plants but not so far from saying bye to coal and maybe even nuclear as evidenced by the clowns in charge trying to find a way to get support payments to those plants.

NatGas is cheap today but every fuel goes thru a cycle from low to high and back again. Just like with gasoline - it goes down and gas hogs are the rage, it goes up and you can't give them away.

Not sure what the capacity factor in Venezuela has to do with the argument. As I said before, a lot of coal is being burnt just to keep standby plants ready to go. Batteries are starting to fill that need and saving millions. And every 6 minute interval that a coal plant has no buyer for their power increases their cost.

Iowa is getting over 33% of their electricity from wind and Texas over 10%. With regard to capacity factor I found this on Iowa wind farms >>>

The average capacity factor of Iowa wind farms has been estimated as 33.3% by a wind industry consultant.[21] For newer installations, higher capacity factors, approaching 40%, have been stated.[22] Production numbers for 2013, when wind capacity remained almost constant, showed a capacity factor over 34 percent.[23] Due to these better wind conditions, Iowa generated more electricity from wind power in 2013 than California, even though it had less wind power capacity installed.[24] And again in 2014 Iowa was number two in wind power generation behind only Texas.[25]

With the completion of some projects in 2016, only Texas has a higher amount of installed wind power capacity.[6] Several of the newer projects are the large 500 MW Highland Wind Energy Center and the O'Brien Wind Farm in O'Brien county, and the Ida Wind farm in Ida county. These were constructed in 2015 and 2016.[3][26]


Also completely being ignored is the flattening of the demand curve for electricity which was a major factor in the cancellation of the nuclear plants in South Carolina - the demand that they were being built for wasn't there. More efficient appliances, light bulbs and the like has cut into the utility companies dream - demand growth.

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