Mythbusting fact: Wind power is valuable even if the wind doesn't blow all the time
A common fallacy promoted by anti-wind groups is that because wind cannot replace fueled power plants (they're needed when the wind doesn't blow), wind power has no value.
Setting aside for the moment the fact that no power plant runs 100% of the time, here's a simple way of looking at the question:
Suppose you drive to work, five days a week, and you decide to buy a bicycle and bike to work when the weather permits, which turns out to be 3-4 days a week much of the year. But, you still need a car, because some days the weather is bad. Does your bike have no value?
Well, of course not:
- Your gasoline payments have suddenly dropped by 50% or so (whoa, it's almost as if you're getting 50 miles a gallon, ...