in·​ter·​mit·​ten·​cy | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmi-tən(t)-sē How to pronounce intermittency (audio) \

Definition of intermittency

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Recent Examples on the Web However, the issues of intermittency and electricity storage remain unresolved and are at least two decades away from workable solutions. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Lazard’s data didn’t account for government subsidies or the intermittency of renewables. Dieter Holger, WSJ, 4 Nov. 2021 Energy storage has been counted on to help solve the intermittency problems of solar and wind but the duration of most battery systems lasts up to just four hours. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Oct. 2021 That intermittency is only the beginning of the reliability problem. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, 21 July 2021 As wind and solar falter under intermittency, power generation has defaulted to gas, where demand is being squeezed by early-autumn heating and late-summer electric cooling needs across Eurasia. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Discussions of renewable generation in the Legislature this year were marked by comments about the intermittency of wind and solar. Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 Allocate costs and fees renewable generation resources based on their intermittency. Dallas News, 6 July 2021 There are innovations under way in the renewables sphere—advances in battery storage, demand management, and regional integration—which should help overcome the challenges of intermittency. Rebecca Tuhus-dubrow, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of intermittency

1662, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intermittency was in 1662

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24 Nov 2021

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“Intermittency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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