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When disussing wind and base load you made a common eror that seems logical. The biggest problem with wind generation is not what to do when the wind isn't blowing as back-up generation capacity already exists. Also, as wind power expands into more areas it becomes less likely that the wind won't be blowing somewhere in the system. The biggest problem is rather what to do when the wind is blowing too much. Companies are currently working to improve battery technology, use fly wheels to store the excess power for later use or hydrolize water to generate hydrogen to burn for later use. These technologies have not, as of yet, been perfected. I don't doubt that they will be though.
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