Study: Wind Energy Output Increases when People Need Heat the most

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A researcher used computer models to show that wind turbines, averaged over large regions, actually ramp up their power during cold snaps, when demand for home and business heating is the greatest.

Official Press Release University of Stanford:

Stanford study finds that wind energy output increases when people need heat the most

Using the latest climate and energy models, Mark Jacobson shows that wind energy production increases during the coldest spells when heat demand is highest and can help prevent cold weather–related blackouts.

In response to the recent freeze-inspired power outages in Texas, some politicians blamed the historic blackouts on wind turbines. The dubious, and largely dismissed, claims nevertheless spotlighted an intriguing fact: Texas, the land made famous by oil derricks and wildcatters, now gets a significant portion of its electricity from clean, renewable sources, most notably wind, but also from water and solar – a troika of sustainability known collectively as WWS. “Texas gets about 20 percent of its electricity from wind alone,” says ... More: Official Press Release University of Stanford

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