The continuing debate over wind power and net emissions

Michael Giberson We’ve discussed the complicated relationship between wind power and the net reductions in greenhouse gas and other emissions here previously. Industry viewpoints come to expected conclusions – it is no surprise that the Colorado oil and gas industry promotes the view that wind is less special than claimed, nor that the American Wind … More The continuing debate over wind power and net emissions

Reduced air emissions due to wind power: Not as much as you might think

Michael Giberson A pair of posts at Master Resource (part I, part II) explore the degree to which variable wind power leads to lower efficiency and increased air emissions when natural gas generators are used to provide energy balancing and back-up reserves (and except when and where sufficient hydropower is available, natural gas generation usually … More Reduced air emissions due to wind power: Not as much as you might think

Flywheel technology now ready for takeoff? NYISO tariff changes accomodate energy storage technology

Michael Giberson The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved NYISO tariff changes intended to accommodate participation of flywheel and similar energy storage devices in markets to supply frequency regulation services.  Flywheel developer Beacon Power applauded the change. The FERC order, linked above, describes a number of changes to the NYISO tariff and operating procedures needed … More Flywheel technology now ready for takeoff? NYISO tariff changes accomodate energy storage technology

Sorting out some claims about Danish wind power

Michael Giberson A shortened version of Michael Trebilcock’s commentary on wind power, mentioned here the other day, was published in the Financial Post under the not so subtle title of, “Wind power is a complete disaster.” The Financial Post subsequently published a reply by Sigurd Lauge Pedersen, a Senior Adviser to the Danish Energy Agency: … More Sorting out some claims about Danish wind power