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Some simple maths will be enough to calculate the amount of TWh from Thermal power plants that we will need to replace with Wind Turbines, assuming their load factor and an utility-scale energy storage (even if technology does not exist yet).

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Matt Chester on Dec 1, 2022

Won't it also matter where they're cited? Not all regions are well built for wind turbines, which is why it's great we have a menu of options from solar to geothermal to nuclear and more to fill in the gaps. 

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Ed Reid on Dec 5, 2022

The three primary factors are siting, individual wind turbine capacity and long-duration storage.

The math is actually not that simple.

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Jim Stack on Dec 3, 2022

They have some new very large wind generators recently so it would take less each year. 


China debuts an offshore wind turbine with the world's largest rotor diameter. A 13.6 megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine with a record-breaking rotor diameter of 252 meters (827 feet) has debuted in China ahead of the country's 20th Party Congress in Beijing, which opened yesterday.Oct 17, 2022

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john Liebendorfer on Dec 3, 2022

A better question is how much renewable energy of all types is required to replace thermal.  Wind is not going to do it by itself. Solar, hydro, energy efficiency, and other technologies (some not practical today) will replace thermal. 

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Ed Reid on Dec 5, 2022

It appears likely that nuclear thermal will replace some fossil thermal as well.

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Michael Keller on Dec 5, 2022

So why are we paving over the environment with green energy? Why are we spending trillions of dollars while impoverishing tens of millions of people? Just to make liberals feel good.

The planet’s climate is controlled by the sun and the complex processes that move energy around the globe, which is a water planet. CO2 involves a minor sliver of the sun’s s energy and is a minor atmospheric trace gas to boot. There is zero chance man can control the climate and zero chance man can control the planet’s CO2 levels. There is no climate emergency. The emergency is a stunning lack of common sense and actually caring about the planet’s population.

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Ed Reid on Dec 5, 2022

The "crisis", "existential threat", "emergency" is a stunningly crass political construct. It is not based on the science.

It certainly is not a global "emergency", since it appears not to exist in China, India, Indonesia, Russia and much of Africa. Maybe it is just a "sub-global emergency".

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.",

H.L Mencken

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.",

Groucho Marx

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