A large-scale wind power station supplies electricity at wind speeds ranging from 3.5 to 25 meters per second. On Åland, the wind mostly tends to fit between these values, especially as high up as the turbines of offshore wind stations are placed. A study conducted by the Finnish Meteorological Institute, found that between November and January, the most intensive period in terms of electricity use, there were no windless periods exceeding one hour.
When production is lower, the electricity market helps to adjust demand. Raising the price of electricity creates an incentive to reduce consumption. The previous models for energy production used in water power and nuclear power are also available as regulative support during the foreseeable future while we are building more wind energy infrastructure.
Wind power is an important piece of the renewable energy puzzle. However, future energy systems do not depend on only one source of energy.