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Commenters have been noting the preposterously low output of the wind fleet at the moment – currently generating about 0.4GW or a tenth of one percent of demand.

The environmentalist argument is that by use of smart grids we can import wind power generated in other parts of Europe (I think this is because the spirit of European cooperation will inspire them to offer it to us rather than using it themselves.

However, a look at the current windspeed map for Europe suggests there may be a flaw in this plan:

Update on Mar 3, 2013 by Registered CommenterBishop Hill

Last night wind generation fell to 0.029GW.