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Tom Collins

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    • I am a Global Development/Business student living in London, Ontario and read
      your Blog with interest. In addition to having grown up on the shores of the Great Lakes, I have been a competitive sailor since a child, and more recently a professional Kiteboarder who has been able to travel the world.

      Unfortunately, the points raised by John Spears regarding inconsistent production-demand are valid for reasons perhaps not fully explained in his paper. The wind patterns on the Lakes have always been categorized as "frontal", this means that during the spring and fall as cold- and warm-fronts "battle" over our province, wind is generated. Further, the front "battles" are still fairly unpredictable, in a "good" season there will be wind over 10 kts only around twice a week normally. (

      During the summer, however, there is little frontal activity and thus there is little wind, there is little correlation with anthropocentric climate change in this regard as this is the normal meterological process.

      There are some places in the world which are extremely attractive to Kiteboarders seeking high winds because unlike the Great Lakes, they are blessed with "Thermal" wind, this means that simply as a *result* of hot temperatures during the day, a gradient is formed which provides daily, consistent wind directly correlated with rising temperatures, these mostly occur on oceanic coasts, and are further increased by mountains and hot temperatures (Tarifa- Spain, Hood River- Oregon, Squamish- BC, etc.).

      These locations are far, far more favourable to wind generation as the wind resource coincides with demand. However, there are solutions to the argument simply presented by Spears in the emerging technologies of not-in-use Electric Cars as grid storage and other battery storage technologies.

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