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1-2 Journal: Capacity Factor From the U.S. Capacity Factors by Fuel Type chart, the average ratioed capacity factor for all ten sources is 43.2%. Wind Power capacity is 37%, meaning that it doesn’t even meet the average Capacity Factor percentage (U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2018). Despite Wind Power having a relatively low Capacity Factor, they are a highly efficient form of energy production when placed in an area with good wind flow and are properly maintained. Based on the information from the fact sheet, I would place Wind Power as a mid-range option for energy sustainability. There are worse choices such as Oil or Gas; but there are also much better options such as Nuclear or Geothermal energy based on their ratioed Capacity Factor alone (Wind Energy Center, 2014). There are more variables than Capacity Factor that play into determining the best method of renewable energy. Costs of switching to renewable energy can be very limiting and that makesit difficult for countries to switch to renewable energy. On average, the costs for

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