New class of turbines allowing wind power to compete with fossil fuels

02/6/2013 | MIT Technology Review online

Technological improvements are boosting the efficiency of wind turbines, creating a new generation of machines that can compete with fossil fuels, experts said. Because of innovations in technology, the average cost of wind power has dropped from 15 cents per kilowatt hour in 1991 to 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour, which is about the same price of new plants running on natural gas, said Ryan Wiser, deputy group leader for electricity markets and policy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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