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The Morning Briefing: Wind power

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about wind power.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer on

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about wind power.

1.) What electric grid operators want: Good wind energy forecasts. Improving wind energy forecasts is critical for integrating this variable power source into the U.S. power grid, especially when the country has seen a big jump in wind energy generation, according to a report released on Wednesday.

2.) Wind industry meets amid uncertainty. Will a boom year in the industry will temporarily hide the underlying anxiety?

3.) Are solar, wind and marine power too intermittent to be useful? Electricity generated from renewable sources helps to cut carbon emissions. However, renewables pose a challenge in the form of intermittency, as their output varies with the available sunlight, wind speeds and wave activity.

4.) German wind farm grid connections will cost about $15 billion. Transporting wind power from the North Sea to German consumers will cost about 12 billion euros ($15 billion) a grid operator has said.

5.) China firm in talks for $3bn Pakistan wind farm. Chinese oil and gas company United Energy Group Ltd said on Wednesday it plans to invest $3 billion in a wind farm project in energy-starved Pakistan.

Bonus: Japan wind power installation falls 70 pct in 2011/12

Image credit: Charles Cook

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