Creating Europe’s Wind Hub

September 19, 2017

Europe working on giant wind energy hub in North Sea.

Something similar overdue for US.

Morning Consult:

The long-anticipated Department of Energy electricity grid reliability study finally came out and addressed how to best ensure a reliable power source for American families and businesses. A few key insights from the report highlight that wind energy makes the electric grid more reliable, and that additional investment in transmission lines is essential to unlocking more renewables across the nation.

Wind provides important grid services like voltage control and frequency regulation, which help grid operators ride through disturbances better than any other fuel source. That increases resilience, helping the grid bounce back from disruptions like cyberattacks and storms.

Wind energy is fuel-free and needs no cooling water, unlike fossil plants, so grid operators consider wind energy to be a resilient resource. Wind also provides a lot of electricity during periods of extreme weather, when other electricity sources have struggled in the past. In fact, during the polar vortex of 2014, wind energy saved Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes states more than $1 billion in just two days. Thanks to wind energy’s stable price and high output during the vortex, wind kept electricity flowing while other power plants experienced unexpected outages and higher prices.

Wind energy’s reliability and resiliency benefits are keeping the lights on for a lower price, but more transmission is key to maximizing those benefits.

The DOE study agrees with grid operators and other experts that investing in transmission infrastructure helps move cheaper power to reach more people, similar to how a highway system efficiently moves products to market. The report states “[t]ransmission investments provide an array of benefits that include providing reliable electricity service to customers, relieving congestion, facilitating robust wholesale market competition, enabling a diverse and changing portfolio, and mitigating damage and limiting customer outages (resilience) during adverse conditions.” Transmission projects also help deliver clean energy from rural America to areas with high energy demand, where it is needed to power homes and businesses.

Investing in transmission is a win-win: It makes the grid stronger, delivers more renewable energy, and benefits outweigh its costs. For example, the grid operator in much of the Midwest, MISO, has stated that current transmission projects will provide $13 billion to $50 billion in net benefits over the next 20 to 40 years — savings of $275 to $1,000 per person. MISO’s Multi-Value Projects, which include 17 different transmission lines, will also enable more than 41 million megawatt hours of wind energy to be delivered throughout the Midwest every year.

The DOE report hit the nail on the head that wind energy is providing real benefits for grid reliability and that transmission is crucial to magnifying these benefits. This is also good news for the American economy. This past year, wind energy eclipsed 100,000 American workers, and wind jobs are growingnine times faster than the average U.S. industry. Wind power has invested more than $143 billion in the United States over the last decade, much of the value going to rural communities that need new economic opportunity. Wind also provides jobs for workers in the struggling rust belt, with more than 500 U.S. factories now building wind-related parts. Wind energy is putting Americans to work and building a stronger, more resilient grid for tomorrow.



3 Responses to “Creating Europe’s Wind Hub”

  1. sheilach2 Says:

    Sorry but I see someone is buying the “renewable” cool aid again.

    The wind doesn’t blow most of the time, it’s NOT “reliable” & it’s still tied to OIL as OIL is needed in it’s manufacture, as a raw material, to mine their raw materials, to transport the components to where it will be erected & for land based turbines, huge cement supports are needed burning up even more oil to make that cement.
    In the oceans, they won’t last very long because of salt erosion & storms.

    I live on the coast & wind is a rare thing here, it’s not windy now, it wasn’t windy yesterday & we haven’t had any appreciable wind all summer, we haven’t had any appreciable sun either thanks to the FOG, OVERCAST & WILDFIRES we have had all summer long.
    “Renewables” are just another distraction that’s enabling our RULERS to ignore the real problems, OVERPOPULATION & excessive consumption!
    I wish “renewables” could do what their promoters claim but their asking too much of this resource, dependent TECHNOLOGY & TECHNOLOGY cannot replace essential RESOURCES!

    • Andy Lee Robinson Says:

      What you don’t want to know about renewable energy would fill a library.

    • J4Zonian Says:

      Well that’s it, then. If it hasn’t been windy or sunny this summer where you are, wind must not exist in the world and the sun must be a collective delusion.

      Reports of wind and sun have been greatly exaggerated.
      I’m glad you’ve straightened us out on this; the 61 countries with mostly renewable grids, including the 21 at or near 100% renewable, must now come to realize they’ve been fooling themselves and actually rely entirely on whale oil and wood.

      And of course, you’ll have to write to Sweden and Denmark and straighten them out on what they’ve imagined were operational wind turbines offshore, the first one first imagined in Sweden since 1990 and the first offshore wind farm off Denmark hallucinated a year later. Apparently, they’ve long since collapsed into the sea, unknown to the operators and the many people who thought they were using electricity all this time. Musta been candles.
      www [dot] windpowermonthly [dot] com/article/1173200/no-big-drop-performance-turbines-older

      I’m also glad to know the ancient Roman concrete that gets stronger in seawater, has lasted 1500 years in places, and emits less carbon, is a myth. It’s great we have a sheilach here to help us with all these surprising facts.
      http://bigthink [dot] com/paul-ratner/why-ancient-roman-concrete-lasts-for-millenia-but-ours-crumbles-in-decades

      I confess I’ve been misled by the evil WWSE cabal and repent. I now put my faith in kerosene lamps and nuclear fusion. Thank you, sheilach.

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