Celebrating the flexibility of renewables

Because of the variability of wind and solar, they are sometimes referred to as inflexible. Nothing could be further from the truth.

It’s sometimes said that renewables are ‘inflexible’, referring to the fact that wind and solar photovoltaics are inherently variable and therefore do not provide firm capacity. This is a misnomer.

‘Flexibility’ is probably best described as the ability of a generator to respond to sudden rapid changes, and operate at a wide range of levels.  This means things like: 

1. Fast ramp rates (both up and down)


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