Wind and solar power now provide the least-cost options for electricity generation in windy and sunny regions of the USA, even before accounting for subsidies and environmental impacts (Lazard 2017). Wind and solar also yield substantial benefits for climate, air quality, and health when replacing fossil fuels (Jacobson 2008).
Questions about wind-and-storage projects have come up at pretty much every event held by ESR sister title A Word About Wind in the last two years.
However, while we can all agree that the intermittent nature of wind energy would benefit from a link to storage systems, we’ve seen little progress so far.(more…)