- - Sunday, July 16, 2017

“Why the Greens hate nuclear power” (Web, July 9) paints a grim picture of a United States without full-time electric power from coal, natural gas and nuclear generation. Unfortunately, the situation at hand is even worse than that.

Wind and solar generation produce electricity only about half the time. Full-time wind and solar electricity require the invention of storage to provide electricity when the wind stops blowing and the sun doesn’t shine. It will take lots of storage to power the country when wind and solar aren’t producing.

As storage is invented and deployed, energy output and land use by wind farms and solar parks designed to power the United States must more than double. The energy produced must be shared to serve the load, with a larger share stored for future withdrawal.

The investment cost in wind and solar for the United States alone will be upward of $4 trillion, and land use will be in excess of 100,000 square miles. Now there’s a power for everyone — even “Greens” — to hate.


Potomac Falls, Va.

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