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Old 04-24-2017, 03:51 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by thingstodo View Post
The interconnected grid is complex and a PITA to control.

There is a reason that the power company gives you so little for excess generation onto the grid, besides the fact that they are *EVIL* ... the power generation is only part of the cost. And it is not even the largest cost.
Not really a PITA to control. The more interconnections, the more resilient it is. Deciding what the most cost effective operations strategy is; what units to run, what to ramp down, etc is all in a days work for power companies.

As far as excess generation; there is no such thing. Electricity is made/consumed at the same time. Units are designed to follow the loads as they ramp up each day.

Canada exports over 100,000 megawatt hours a week to the US. Hydro is cleaner and cheaper so we will buy as much as makes sense to.

See: https://www.eia.gov/beta/realtime_gr...start=20170324

Another great site to see the grid in action and how solar, wind and geothermal play a role is California ISO - Todays Outlook

CAISO even has an app you can download to monitor it on your phone. Yes, I'm a power/energy nerd.
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Old 04-24-2017, 07:34 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Do you see any fulfillment of R. Buckminster Fuller's dream of an interconnect across the Bering Strait?
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Old 04-25-2017, 10:10 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
A technology demonstrated to be more efficient than pumped hydro is steel wheels on rails.
Too bad rail transport had been neglected in my country in the last 20 years.

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