Wind power is one of the fastest growing energy sources, with annual growth averaging 26% since 2005, and capacity growing over 1,000% in the last decade to 195 gigawatts (GW) in 2010 from 18GW in 2000, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). But while renewable energy is crucial to helping countries hit their carbon emissions reduction targets, the increased used of wind is introducing a slew of risks that need to be managed.
Chief among these risks is intermittency. The question of
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