March 09, 2007

Wind energy, surprisingly to some, has economies of scale, too
March 8, 2007
"Small is beautiful," wrote the economist E.F. Schumacher almost 35 years ago. In most areas of the economy, he reasoned, production had become too big and too centralized.
But he might have been wrong about the subject he knew most about: energy. When it comes to alternative ways of generating power, big may be better.
Wind, solar and other renewable-energy technologies that were once considered more appropriate for single homes or small communities are reaching levels of scale and centralizing that were formerly the province of coal- and natural gas-fired plants and nuclear reactors. In other words, green is going giant.