It stated: "Despite the inherent intermittency of wind power supply, wind generation could make a significant contribution to total global electricity generation and be a major source of electricity in the UK (eg 30 per cent by 2020 and more beyond)."
The CCC, chaired by Lord Turner, the former director general of the Confederation of British Industry, said that new techniques of energy storage would overcome the problem of maintaining a regular supply when the wind is not blowing.
As has been pointed out so boringly and repetitively by just about everyone rational left in this debate, yes, for wind power to work as advertised we do need new techniques of energy stroage.
The only slightly uncomfortable fact is that we\’ve currently no idea at all what these might be.
We\’ve not got the hydro resources to use pumped water, there just aren\’t enough valleys etc that we could use. Battery technology isn\’t ready yet, if it ever will be. Cracking water to make hydrogen also doesn\’t work (in either economic or engineering terms) as yet.
Yes, there are a few ideas out there but we\’re decades away from being able to make any of them work on the required scale, if we ever do.
At the current level of technology it just ain\’t gonna work. So why are we doing it?