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An interesting real world example is German wind energy production, updated daily. Each sample-point is the average power over an hour. Germany has 23 GW of wind installed:

http://reisi.iset.uni-kassel.de/bilder/dyn_pics/Erzeugte_Energie_aus_Wind_de.png

Here's how their windfarms were distributed geographically in 2007:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7c/Windkraftanlagen_in_Deutschland.png

The myth is that wind and solar are distributed sources of energy and nuclear, coal and gas represent big, centralized generators. As can clearly be seen from Germany, wind is the biggest, most centralized generator on the entire grid; it reacts as one, in unison across the entirety of Germany, in response to weather patterns the size of half of Europe that slowly rolls by.

Is there any wonder the former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder buggered off to work for russian Gazprom when his term was over?

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