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Why wind power does not deliver the expected emissions reductions  

Author:  | Emissions

“It is frequently claimed, in the scientific or popular literature, that introduction of wind and other intermittent energy sources into utility and national electrical grids will substantially, if not completely, decrease CO₂ emissions from fossil fuel sources. While wind power certainly has desirable attributes, this paper, based on data from two continents and a variety of sources, suggests that as wind penetration increases, the CO₂ reduction will gradually decrease due to cycling of the fossil fuel plants that make up the balance of the grid.”

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 15 (2011) 2557–2562
doi:10.1016/j.rser.2011.02.038

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