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Just look at Texas, where windfarms get curtailed because there is not enough transmission capacity from the production area to the load centers.

It's slightly less sensitive in Europe (wind is more widely dispersed), but it is a bottleneck in some places, and most of the current investment in grids is meant to accommodate the growth of wind production. In particular, transmission lines from the regions near the North Sea to the rest of the continent are necessary. So far this is done on a country by country basis, mostly.

Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 06:48:23 AM EST
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Yes, Texas is the smallest of the three interconnects.

That's one of the things this Steel Interstate is planned to be doing, after all:

... with the Wind Resource of the Southern Great Plains and the hydro capacity of the Southern Mountain West on one side and Tennessee on the other.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 05:23:35 PM EST
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