A very nice graph from Robert Bryce at National Review. In Texas at least, the relationship is clear: When power is needed, there ain’t no wind. When wind is available, the need is minimal. This matches what I see when I drive by the two “wind turbines” my neighbor-up-the-road has installed. He originally intended to sell wind energy installations, and got a couple of customers, but I notice he’s taken the sign down —
However, all is not lost. What we need to do is put up a couple or three frickin’ huge nukes. Then we can run all those propellers in reverse. When it’s 110°F plus, a nice whole-state fan would be just the thing.