Wind energy hits new record high, smart grid can make it work

February 8, 2012 at 12:55 am

The World Wind Energy Association reports that in 2011 the global market for wind turbines set a new record: a total of 42 gigawatts (GW) installed capacity. This is up nearly 12% from 2010 — and more than double the 19 GW total growth in all power plants in the U.S. that same year. This brings the total worldwide wind energy capacity to 239 GW — enough to meet 3% of the world’s electricity demand.

While wind energy offers clear environmental benefits, this growth poses greater problems with intermittency for utilities. It also could lead to more frequent curtailments, when wind energy is wasted.

Fortunately, the smart grid and smart meters provide a powerful solution, by enabling consumers to time-shift their energy use to better match the timing of wind power generation.

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