Re: Can you believe this? Conventional power plants fear wind farms could close them
Wow I see a totally different take on the concerns.
First natural gas powered electricity is largely backup used for peak demands as needed. They have a direct and nearly immediate response in a system with peaks.
Wind on the other hand is simply the opposite, it get's produced with no user control and may not produce at all at the very time it could be used the most.
Gas electricity will still need to be there when wind fails and it will. The market is interested in suppliers that can guarantee exact output when it is needed. Wind energy needs to figure out how to deliver like everyone else, guarantees and penalties are part of the existing system.
I do agree that if wind must be located a long way from where the power is needed it is the wind farms that should pay for the transmission lines.
Wind isn't fit to survive on it's own.