Going Green

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Power Grid Overhaul?

This article from the Herald Sun in Australia:

Power grid overhaul wanted by wind energy industry

Olga Galacho
October 11, 2007 12:00am

THE wind energy industry has called for the overhaul of the electricity grid to favour renewable energy.

It also welcomes a debate on zoning to make some areas, such as pristine coastlines, off-limits to wind farms.

"Rather than demand that renewable energy work within existing regulations under the National Electricity Market, perhaps the grid rules could be altered to more effectively deal with wind energy," Roaring 40s managing director Mark Kelleher said.

Mr Kelleher was speaking at this week's Auswind 2007 conference, which brought delegates to Melbourne to hear energy experts discuss the expansion of wind energy generation.

Roaring 40s operates windfarms in Australia and is also building them in China and India.

Mr Kelleher said renewable energy was now...(complete article here).

This debate is only beginning. The U.S. is facing a similar dilemma. How do we restructure the power grid to take advantage of new energy sources without compromising security and the economy due to the issues of intermittent power generation from such sources as wind and solar?

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