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"We can" readily harden wind turbines for cold weather? At $35K a pop (total in Texas $375M) I would expect the cost would be borne by windfarm owners. After all, it's not ratepayers' fault their machines are unreliable!
It doesn't seem to be rocket science to build a wind-turbine that could withstand the coldest temperatures. After all, if we can build a helicopter drone that can fly around on Mars... The trick is building a utility-scale, horizontal-axes wind turbine. Both projects I detailed in this paper (GVEA Eva Creek and Diavik Diamond Mine wind farms) use this standard configuration., albeit...
Richard, with the average capacity factor of wind and solar hovering around 20% in New York, NYISO would have to build five times as much capacity to replace the carbon-free energy of plants like Indian Point, which is scheduled to close next month. I mean, everybody needs to make a buck. But I thought investment which comes at the expense of electricity customers...
NY Port of Albany looking at $200 mn factory for offshore wind towers, w/ up to 150 manuf'd annually over anticipated 30-year period. Really fascinating to see the race for not just being the site of offshore wind, but the site to manufacture the necessary equipment. Another great example of clean energy creating jobs!
Yes, and there is some tension between northeastern states emerging, since in some instances it's not sensible to duplicate certain assets (a huge wind tower manufacturing facility, for instance). First mover sometimes wins the lion's share. Thanks as always, Matt, for reading and commenting. Much appreciated ;-)