- First, wind turbines have little or no “capacity value”; i.e., they are unlikely to be producing electricity at the time of peak electricity demand. Therefore, wind turbines are not a substitute for reliable generating capacity needed to provide reliable electric service for electric customers.
- Second, a kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity from a wind turbine has less value than a kWh of electricity from a reliable (“dispatchable”) generating unit; i.e., from a unit that can be called upon to produce electricity whenever the electricity is needed by electric customers.
These issues are important because “wind farm” developers and lobbyists have mislead the public, media and government officials by making false claims and by using terms intended to confuse their listeners. Read full paper by Glenn R. Schleede.