Hard Wind Going to Blow
It is deeply satisfying to wake up and read articles like this one from Bloomberg business press on how wind power is putting nuclear plants out of business. Last year in the US $25 billion were spent and new wind capacity. This raised the total grid electricity fraction to 3.4% from wind, with a forecast of it raising to 4.2% in 2013. In 2013 there will be no new nuclear reactors connected to the grid and at least one and possibly several reactors will close this year forever.
So using a rough extrapolation, if these rates continue, in about 7 or 8 years the amount of wind generated electricity will exceed the amount of nuclear power in the US. It is important to remember that many nuclear proponents continue to say that the entire class of renewables are not up to the job of powering the country and instead we should be investing in new reactor designs, most of which cant even be in prototype phase until early 2020’s.
And thus it is worth remembering, that highly paid, well educated, well intentioned, nuclear promoters are stunningly wrong yet again.