Compressed Air storage is still in its early stage of development. Whether or not it will work, and how much it will cost is an open question. The technology requires the burning of natural gas, and thus is not carbon neutral. Excited renewables advocates talk about how little compressed air storage will cost, but renewables advocates always talk about tremendous cost breakthroughs that are almost here.
Then there are flywheels. another almost here breakthrough technology, that is hovering just beyond the horizon.
Then there is capacitor technology. Again not there in terms of price and practicality for massive electrical storage, and quite possibly never will be. That takes us back to batteries as the only here and now storage option which we can price, and which we can be assured of working in West Texas.
At David's suggestion I posted yesterday's wind essay on Daily Kos. My wind post on Daily Kos, drew over three hundreds responses in less that 24 hours. The commenters might be described as a Daily Kos lynch mob. My source was discredited as a global warming denier, as if this proved that his information on wind costs figures were inaccurate. In fact, I was able this morning to find a number of sources suggested wind cost in a similar range or a little lower. Commenters attacked nuclear power over the nuclear waste issue, even though I offered a nuclear recycling approach. Which had the usual proliferation silliness, together with learned observations about how easy it is to build nuclear weapons with reactor grade plutonium. My choice of battery storage was attacked, with far more shaky technology being the preferred choice.
One of the more interesting trends in the comments, was the repeated notion that fossil fuel back up for wind would be around for a long time. A little coal will not hurt, one commenter wrote, even though the short comings of Texas wind would suggest that a little coal might be tens of millions of tons. Clearly the Daily Kos wind zombie mob is the coal baron's best friends. Recovering alcoholics describe the sort of thinking that leads them back to booze. Stinking thinking they call it. Stinking thinking is teleological rather than logical. Renewables advocates believe that logic and facts do not matter if they disagree with the utopian renewable world view. In order to sustain their world view, renewables advocates ignore both logic and facts. Neither matters as long as wind worship is maintained. As for he who would question this worship, who would point to facts, and argue with reason, woe betide him. He must be sacrificed. So once again i am accused of being a nuclear shill, of being paid for what I write.
I am sure that my status as a nuclear shill would come as a shock to the NEI which I suspect regards me as a pain in the ass.
Anyway After I spent all afternoon answering the comments of the anti-nuclear types, and the wind zombies, I felt driven into the wilderness and sacrificed for the sins of the people. I got thoroughly worn out. Last night I barely had enough energy to chase women who are one third my age.