Critics of renewable clean energy have often lamented the intermittent nature of solar power, generated only during the day, and wind power, since wind is not always present. But recent technological advances are rapidly shrinking these intermittencies, reports Zachary Shahan at CleanTechnica. Solar thermal can be designed to be continuous by storing the energy. Off-shore wind has relatively little intermittency compared to onshore wind, whose turbines produce more power at night, and which (especially with GE’s new energy-storing turbines) is complementary with solar panels. The third largest clean renewable source, geo power, is continuous with fewer temporary shutdowns that fossil fuel plants.Germany’s example indicates that the stability of renewable power increases with the number of clean energy installations nationwide. Having a good mix of clean renewables adds to that stability. And some utility executives are beginning to understand that with the right strategies, the intermittency of clean renewable energy sources becomes insignificant.
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
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