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Old 09-11-2019, 03:13 AM   #6827 (permalink)
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These still are early adopter problems.
Germany has a lot of wind farms, as has Texas, but the adjacent countries or states haven't (except for Denmark and to a lesser extent the Netherlands).
In the temperate zone wind moves around in a chaotic pattern of anticyclones; if one place is about windless it is typically surrounded by a ring of relatively high winds. So once the wind farms get spread out more evenly then the total wind output will also become more stable.

Apparently the shortages were caused by exceptionally high power usage as everybody was running their A/Cs in the heat wave. So there are not enough solar panels yet. Throw in some rapid response battery storage systems and the sub-second $9,000/kWh spikes are a thing of the past.
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