Wind energy as a significant source of electricity

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Wind energy is a commercially available renewable energy source, with state-of-the-art wind plants producing electricity at about $0.05 per kWh. However, even at that production cost, wind-generated electricity is not yet fully cost-competitive with coal- or natural-gas-produced electricity for the bulk electricity market. The wind is a proven energy source; it is not resource-limited in the US, and there are no insolvable technical constraints. This paper describes current and historical technology, characterizes existing trends, and describes the research and development required to reduce the cost of wind-generated electricity to full competitiveness with fossil-fuel-generated electricity for the bulk electricity market. Potential ... continued below

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Nix, R.G. January 1, 1995.

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Wind energy is a commercially available renewable energy source, with state-of-the-art wind plants producing electricity at about $0.05 per kWh. However, even at that production cost, wind-generated electricity is not yet fully cost-competitive with coal- or natural-gas-produced electricity for the bulk electricity market. The wind is a proven energy source; it is not resource-limited in the US, and there are no insolvable technical constraints. This paper describes current and historical technology, characterizes existing trends, and describes the research and development required to reduce the cost of wind-generated electricity to full competitiveness with fossil-fuel-generated electricity for the bulk electricity market. Potential markets are described.

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  • 18. world energy engineering congress, Atlanta, GA (United States), 8-10 Nov 1995

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  • Report No.: NREL/TP--441-8162
  • Report No.: CONF-951173--1
  • Grant Number: AC36-83CH10093
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 132707
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc621927

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Nix, R.G. Wind energy as a significant source of electricity, article, January 1, 1995; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc621927/: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.