Why has the growth of wind power in the US slowed down?



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    Wind power is an excellent secondary source of electricity, but it has viability difficulties. The main reason for this is due to its inability to deliver on demand. During peak usage times, wind cannot be relied upon to deliver maximal power, as it is regulated by the weather, which as we all know is quite unpredictable. When a peak power demand happens, energy suppliers must be able to get large amounts of energy very quickly, and wind is not able to deliver that kind of reliability without any kind of mass storage system. Additionally, a mass storage system would also have to be able to deliver large quantities almost instantaneously.

    There is the possibility of using Vanadium Redox battery units, which have had some success in limited operation, but they are expensive to implement.

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