October 20, 2008
Local wind power cuts peak costs
Put up a wind turbine and you not only
generate some of your own electricity but you cut down on the peak
demand charges for the electricity you do get from your utility.
A study of a 1.65-megawatt wind turbine set up at the University
of Minnesota at Morris found that 10 percent of the financial advantage
of the turbine was in avoiding peak demand charges from the utility.
Utilities charge more for electricity used during times of peak demand.
Savings could be higher for other installations. Peak demand
charges from the utility in the study were 63 percent of the industry
Demand Charges and behind-the-Meter Wind: Insights from an Application
at the University of Minnesota
Wind Energy, published online October 16, 2008
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