For 100 years, six criteria have been used to assess commercial electricity generators:
- Can they provide large amounts of electricity?
- Can they provide reliable and predictable electricity?
- Can they provide dispatchable electricity?
- Can they service one or more grid demand elements (base load, load following, or peak load)?
- Can their facilities be compact (so that they can be sited near demand)?
- Can they provide economical electricity?
Today, a new one has been added, often trumping all six other criteria: Can they reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
Do industrial-scale wind energy turbines meet these criteria?
- Yes, but with disproportionately huge amounts of land and equipment.
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