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Wind power, I’m a huge fan

September 11, 2012

Being a huge fan (pun intended!) of wind power, I’m made hopeful by studies that signal a big future for wind. Unfortunately, the model created for this paper suffers from a horrible assumption about the scale of the buildout of wind power generation: “wind turbines [can] be installed anywhere and everywhere, without regard to societal, environmental, climatic, or economic considerations.” Sure, simplifying assumptions are sometimes necessary when modeling complex phenomena, but what problem does this scale assumption solve? Would the model have been intractable if it were at least somewhat conservative, not to mention realistic, about turbine deployments?

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